Saturday, Feb. 11

CICBC honors LaHood          Send a link to a friend

[FEB. 11, 2006]  SPRINGFIELD -- U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Illinois, visited with donors and was honored by the Central Illinois Community Blood Center on Feb. 6 for his work in Congress to promote blood donation.

LaHood sponsored House Resolution 220, which was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in October to recognize the lifesaving role the members of America's Blood Centers play in our nation, not only in times of disaster and for those in the military, but on a daily basis to patients in our community.

America's Blood Centers is North America's largest network of community-based, federally licensed, not-for-profit blood centers, comprised of 600 blood centers in the United States and Canada. As a member of the America's Blood Centers network, the Central Illinois Community Blood Center provides all the blood needed by patients in 20 hospitals in central and southwestern Illinois, including Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

"Blood is needed 24 hours a day," LaHood said, "and the members of America's Blood Centers, such as the Central Illinois Community Blood Center, provide a very important service in ensuring that a safe and adequate blood supply is available when patients in their communities need it for emergencies or medical procedures. I am pleased to salute America's Blood Centers and the blood donors who contribute so their fellow citizens may have better lives."

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Pictured are Tara Tyler, CICBC donor recruiter; U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood; Tom Lucchesi, CICBC director of donor resources; Margaret Vaughn, CICBC special projects coordinator; and Patsy Wappel, CICBC donor recruiter. Central Illinois Community Blood Center supplies all blood needed by patients in Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Tom Lucchesi, director of donor resources for CICBC, presented the congressman with a special award for his work. "We are honored to have congressman LaHood with us to be able to show our appreciation to him in person for his work in Congress to gain national exposure on the importance of blood donation," Lucchesi said.

[Central Illinois Community Blood Center news release]

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