offset summer blood shortages
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[May 30, 2008]
On Monday, First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln
is hosting a blood drive at the Lincoln Masonic Center, 2022 N.
Kickapoo St., in support of the central Illinois blood supply and
patients at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Springfield
hospitals. This blood drive welcomes community members to help from
noon until 6 p.m.
This is a Central Illinois Community Blood Center drive. CICBC is
the blood supplier to 19 Illinois hospitals, including ALMH,
along with St. John's Hospital and Memorial Medical Center in
Donate blood at any CICBC blood drive and credit your
donation to Lincoln Community High School or a high school in your
community participating in the 2008-2009 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.
Congratulations to Lincoln Community High School for winning the
$1,000 scholarship in the 2007-2008 Springfield Clinic High School
Blood Challenge for the large-school division. LCHS was also awarded
a $500 scholarship for most improved school.
You can't donate if:
You weigh less than
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
*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).
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You can donate if:
You've been free of
cancer for five years after treatment completion with no
recurrence (except these certain types: leukemia, lymphomas and
You are 17 years or
older (16 years with a signed parental consent form).
You are feeling well
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, CICBC senior manager for donor relations, at
1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253), ext. 56; 217-753-1530, ext. 56;
217-502-9203 cell; or
Central Illinois Community Blood
Center file received from Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital]