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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 1600's to the present


Media Contact

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

Ben Corey, External Communications Manager 
Heart of America Blood Services Region
(309) 636-4284 (p) (309) 634-1385 (c) 




June 22, 2015
PONTIAC, Ill. – Bill Swanson’s daughter has stated that her father is Superman. Considering what Bill went through a couple years ago, she may be right. After being taken to the emergency room with a breathing problem in January 2013, Bill was eventually diagnosed with acute myeloid...
June 17, 2015
PEORIA, Ill. – Students across the country play a vital role in helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need. About 20 percent of all blood donations come from high school and college students. But when school is out for the summer, young donors often do not give blood.
June 10, 2015
EAST PEORIA, Ill. — East Peoria resident SSG Paul Smith was killed by a roadside bomb on June 19, 2009 while dutifully serving his country in Afghanistan. Paul was a loving husband and father to his wife and children. On June 13, central Illinois residents will have the opportunity to honor...