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Serving Illinois, Eastern Iowa and parts of Missouri

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Glenn A. Theinert is an amazing man. He is a silent hero who has made a difference in many people’s lives.   Theinert first donated blood when he was in the Air Force stationed overseas during World War II. While in England, one of his friends suffered severe burns in a fire and needed blood to survive. Theinert stepped forward and donated blood for the first time to help his friend. That day in 1944 marked the beginning of many donations to come.   After returning home, Theinert continued to donate blood regularly through the American Red Cross. He donated whole blood but switched to more frequent platelet donations. Platelets can be donated up to 24 times a year and are used to treat patients with cancer when chemotherapy affects their platelet count. He says the people who work at the Red Cross are family and encourages those who are able to give blood and platelets to donate on a regular basis.   Theinert hit a milestone, and I had the privilege of meeting him. Recently he was recognized for donating 70 gallons of blood and platelets. I am a blood recipient and therefore find him to be my silent hero. He is not the type of man who donates in order to receive recognition, but is a humble soul who wants to help others out of the kindness of his heart.   Glenn A. Theinert is the living definition of a true hero in the hearts of the many blood recipients he has saved, including me.
—Glenn A. Theinert

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October 17, 2016
  The American Red Cross has an emergency need for eligible donors in the area to make an appointment now to give platelets to ensure critical patient needs are met. Platelets, the clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment, must be transfused within five...
October 14, 2016
    PEORIA, Ill. The Simmons family is inviting the community to donate blood in memory of 10-month-old Bowden “the Brave” Simmons at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Church of the Brethren, 4714 N. Sheridan Road,...

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