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Donor Stories

I began donating whole blood when I was a high school student in the late 1970's. I lost my father to cancer at the age of three. I didn't know that it was cancer until I was much older, but that has always been my motivation for giving. I have always felt a strong desire to give of myself for others, especially when I have been blessed with such good health.   I am always urging others to give blood if they are able. Two of my three children are now blood donors as well! My youngest being 16-years-old, was just able to give for the first time last fall at his high school with the new lower age limit. I am going to encourage him to give again this month at their spring blood drive.   I am also on the National Bone Marrow registry and pray that some day I will be able to save another life through a gift of marrow as well! Some people think lifetime donors like me may be a little crazy, but it is so comforting to know that a little of my time can give someone a LOT of time.....their LIFE!
—Kim Pierce
 

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Cooperative Sickle Cell Donor Program

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What's Happening

#ChooseYourDay to give blood or platelets May 23-25 for a limited-edition RuMe tote bag.
Give hope to patients in need this summer at the 10th annual 12 Hours of Giving Summer Blood Drive on May 22.
Shake, rattle and roll into the ninth annual Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive.
Students ages 16-24 can participate in the Leaders Save Lives program to earn gift cards and scholarships!
 

News

May 18, 2015
The American Red Cross urges donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign, officially sponsored by Suburban Propane.
May 15, 2015
PEORIA, Ill. — In January of last year, then 12-year-old St. Vincent de Paul Parish School student Samantha “Sam” Jones was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma. Throughout the course of her treatments at St. Jude Children’s Research...
 

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