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Cancer is a devastating disease that the American Cancer Society predicts will claim more than half a million American lives this year alone.

This holiday, The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is making an urgent plea for blood. Blood donations have dropped 20 percent in the past four years. One factor is a lack of young people heeding the call.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

The need for donated blood in our area is critical today.

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is putting out an urgent plea for help, trying to gather up 2,000 donations by the Fourth of July.

A circumstantial “perfect storm” has made this week particularly challenging.

Dr. Samantha Gomez is the Associate Medical Director for the blood bank.