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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) 




March 23, 2015
ALEXIS, Ill. – On April 1 of last year, Alexis resident Pyper Young was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer, and underwent 30 rounds radiation and seven chemotherapy treatments. However, chemotherapy left Pyper’s blood counts dangerously low.
March 9, 2015
Following round after round of snow, freezing rain and arctic cold in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for eligible blood and platelet donors to give now to help restock its shelves. March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives, resulting in...
February 18, 2015
(Feb. 18, 2015) — In honor of Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages people to uncover their inner hero and donate blood or platelets, volunteer their time or sign up to organize a blood drive. Since 1943, every president has designated March as Red Cross Month to...
January 19, 2015
PEORIA, Ill. — Each year, students play a key role in helping hospital patients in need. Donors from high school and college blood drives account for about 20 percent of donations given through the American Red Cross. During the winter months, when blood donations tend to decline, this...
January 12, 2015
CHICAGO, Ill. — Throughout 2015, the American Red Cross will celebrate 100 years of serving the residents of the Greater Chicago area. From disaster response, health and safety classes, to blood collection and support of military members and their families, the Red Cross has served the needs...