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The resources on these pages provide current information for media professionals to share with their audiences. We invite members of the press to use this information or to contact our communications staff for additional statistics, commentary on current issues, or to arrange interviews with staff experts.


Additional Resources

  • National Media Resources Center
    Visit the American Red Cross National Media Resource Center for the latest press releases and other information to help share stories about the Red Cross mission.

  • Blood Facts and Statistics
    Facts about blood, the donation process, blood components, testing, the need for blood and the American Red Cross Blood Services

  • History of Blood Transfusion
    A pictorial timeline highlighting significant moments in the history of transfusion from the 1600s to the present


Media Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Laurie Nehring, Communications Program Director
Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications




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,...
October 12, 2016
  MORTON, Ill. Bonnie Litwiller, longtime Community United Church of Christ member, passed away in 2012 from myelofibrosis, a rare bone marrow cancer. She received many transfusions of blood products during treatment. To remember Litwiller and help others in need of blood, the church will host...
October 3, 2016
  The community is invited to join Western Illinois University’s Panhellenic, Interfraternity Councils and United Greek Council in ensuring area patients receive the blood products they need by donating blood at WIU’s Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m...
September 1, 2016
Glenn Hansen lost battle to cancer in 2013  STREATOR, Ill. (Sept. 1, 2016) — The American Red Cross is joining family and friends to host a blood drive on Sept. 16 at Streator St. Paul Evangelical in Streator, from 1 to 6 p.m., in memory of Glenn Hansen. Hansen passed away in June of...
August 1, 2016
Victim of autoimmune hepatitis is dependent on blood transfusions   Peoria, Ill. (Aug. 1, 2016) — The community is invited to give blood in honor of Jill Phillabaum at a special blood drive held in her honor on Tuesday, Aug.16, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Richwoods Christian Church.
July 26, 2016
The American Red Cross has a blood shortage and donations are needed   BROOKFIELD, Ill. (July 26, 2016) –The American Red Cross invites the community to donate blood at the Brookfield Zoo Blood Drive on Aug.15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the zoo’s Discovery Center. Participants...
July 14, 2016
Red Cross partners with WMBD to help save lives   East Peoria, Ill. (July 14, 2016) — The American Red Cross is teaming up with WMBD TV to hold the first  Summer Super Hero Blood Drive on July 29 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel & Casino in East Peoria, Ill. 
July 12, 2016
  Long-time Red Cross volunteer to be honored with blood drive   STREATOR, Ill. (July 14, 2016) — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Inez Heusel at a special blood drive held in her honor on Thursday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church. 
June 17, 2016
Delete Blood Cancer reps will be on hand to register bone marrow donors   Peoria, Ill. (June 16, 2016) — The American Red Cross Board of Directors is teaming up with Advanced Media Partners (AMP) to hold a blood drive at the Peoria Blood Donation Center on June 29 and invites all those...