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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:

Dan Fox, External Communications Manager 
Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region
(314) 658-2036 (p) (314) 422-8613 (c) 




January 9, 2015
  COLUMBIA, Mo. – Police officer Molly Bowden died in February 2005, a month after being shot during a routine traffic stop. As family and friends remember her on the tenth anniversary of her death, they invite the community to help save the lives of others by giving blood at the annual...
January 7, 2015
  ST. LOUIS  — January is National Blood Donor Month and this year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives.  
January 5, 2015
  KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Ashley Mayer was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, at the age of 13. Now 18, Mayer continues her fight, and also continues to join family and friends in encouraging eligible blood donors to give the gift of life. Donors will have that opportunity on Jan. 17 at the...
December 31, 2014
  In August 2013, Julia Stone of Rosebud was diagnosed with stage 4 Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare blood cancer that doctors predicted Julia would have only a 20 percent chance of beating. More than a year later, with the help of chemotherapy and blood transfusions, 4 year-old Julia has beaten...
December 23, 2014
Annual KFVS Winter Blood Drive scheduled Jan. 15-17   CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.— The American Red Cross and KFVS12 encourage area blood donors to ‘give so that someone else might live’ at the annual KFVS Winter Blood Drive Jan. 15-17 in Missouri and Illinois. Everyone who attempts...
December 9, 2014
Jerry Dyer continues battle with cancer   WARRENTON, Mo.  — The American Red Cross is joining the City of Warrenton in honoring the town’s former mayor by hosting a blood drive in his name on Dec. 23. Jerry Dyer resigned as Warrenton’s mayor in October, citing health...
December 1, 2014
  This holiday season, the American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to help hospital patients by giving one last gift – a blood or platelet donation. It’s a gift that doesn’t cost a thing and can help save lives.  
November 24, 2014
  ST. LOUIS — This holiday season, the American Red Cross encourages individuals to give something that means something – a blood or platelet donation. This simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with family and friends.  
November 12, 2014
  ST. LOUIS -- The first nationwide partnership and “Fuel Your Community” campaign between the American Red Cross and energy provider Suburban Propane in October helped collect thousands of lifesaving blood and platelet donations for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and...
November 10, 2014
Help save lives by donating blood Dec. 5 & 6 in Missouri, Illinois   ST. LOUIS (Nov. 10, 2014) — The American Red Cross and KSHE95 invite the local community to give something that means something this winter by giving the gift of a blood donation at the annual KSHE95 Winter Blood...