into action for patients in need
Red Cross blood drive April 16
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[April 10, 2014]
PEORIA — With the arrival of
spring come sunnier days, warmer temperatures and a chance at a
fresh start. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to
make blood donation part of their spring ritual and help support
patients like 5-year-old Nathan Pennington.
Last year in April, Nathan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of
brain cancer called medulloblastoma. Nathan has received several
blood product transfusions to help sustain his life following
surgery to remove the tumor, and he currently receives periodic
platelet transfusions as he continues his recovery.
wouldn't be here without lifesaving blood donors — it's as simple as
that," said Corey Pennington, Nathan's father. "Our family will
always be grateful to all the blood donors who make sure patients
like Nathan have the blood they need."
Make a difference this spring by rolling up a sleeve for patients
in need. Visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS
(1-800-733-2767) to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Upcoming blood donation opportunity in Logan County:
- April 16, noon-5 p.m., at Lincoln SportsCenter, 1400 Primm
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit
make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are
needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card
or driver's license or two other forms of identification are
required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with
parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are
in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High
school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also
have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
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Facts and figures
Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood
each day to serve patients at approximately 2,700
hospitals and transfusion centers.
blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and
platelets just five days.
two seconds, a patient in the U.S. relies on the
generosity of blood donors.
The No. 1 reason people
give blood is because they "want to help others."
[Text from file received from the
American Red Cross, Central Illinois
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds
and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies
about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save
lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a
not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the
generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit
visit on Twitter at @RedCross.