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Be a Blood Donor -- Lives Will Be Saved Because of You

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[March 27, 2008]  Four upcoming blood drives in Logan County:

  • Monday, March 31
    Lincoln Christian College
    10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 3
    Elkhart Christian Church
    2-6 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 5
    Community Health Fair
    Lincoln Park District Sports Complex
    9 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Monday, April 7
    Lincoln Masonic Center
    (sponsored by Lincoln Woman's Club and Lincoln Junior Woman's Club)
    Noon-6 p.m.

These are Central Illinois Community Blood Center blood drives. CICBC is the blood supplier to 19 Illinois hospitals, including Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, St. John's Hospital and Memorial Medical Center.

Donate blood at any CICBC blood drive and credit your donation to Lincoln Community High School or your favorite participating high school in this year's Springfield Clinic High School Blood Challenge. Just let the registration staff know. The winning school will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be given to a graduating senior who plans to further his or her education.

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You can't donate if:

  • You weigh less than 110 pounds.

  • You've had a tattoo in the last year.

  • You've donated within the last 56 days (eight weeks).

  • You're taking an antibiotic for an infection.

  • You're taking blood thinner.

*Most medications are acceptable, as long as they are regulating the condition for which the medication was prescribed. If you have questions related to your medication and donating blood, call a nurse toll-free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253).

You can donate if:

  • You've been free of cancer for five years after treatment completed with no recurrence (except these certain types: leukemia, lymphomas and melanoma).

  • You are 17 years or older (16 years with a signed parental consent form).

  • You are feeling well and healthy.

  • You bring your donor card or your driver's license.

  • You are willing to save the life of an area patient who needs blood.

If you have any questions on blood donation, please feel free to contact Tara Matheson, donor recruiter for the Central Illinois Community Blood Center, at 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253), ext. 56; 217-753-1530, ext. 56; 217-502-9203; or

[Text from file received from Tara Matheson, Central Illinois Community Blood Center]

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