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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:

Sue Thesenga, External Communications Manager 
North Central Blood Services Region
(651) 291-3290 (p) | (651) 895-7542 (c) 




August 11, 2015
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 in honor of Lilah Kelley, a three-year-old Rosemount toddler who was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma, a rare cancer of the sympathic nervous system that is usually found in young...
August 4, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the blood types most needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors with O negative, B negative and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and...
July 29, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. - An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Zach Sobiech on Friday, August 21 at the Grain Belt Studio Art Space, 79 13th Ave. NE in Minneapolis from noon to 6 p.m.
July 22, 2015
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. — H.B. Fuller will host a blood drive on August 13, giving their employees a chance to help save lives and make a difference this summer. This blood drive marks a 40-year partnership and thousands of pints of lifesaving blood that have been donated by H. B. Fuller...
July 21, 2015
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 in honor of Kelly Myers, a patient coordinator at EyeWest Vision Clinic. Myers is currently battling chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), a rare autoimmune neurological disorder characterized by...
July 16, 2015
RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Every day the American Red Cross relies on the dedicated efforts of volunteer blood drive coordinators to help collect blood products needed for patients. Gerald (Jerry) Matteson stepped up in the fall of 2010 to serve the River Falls community as the lead blood drive...
July 8, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.  — The American Red Cross invites everyone to help save lives this summer by participating in the 7th  annual Run for Blood 5K Run/Walk and Community Blood Drive on Saturday, July 25 at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.
July 7, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. — This summer, the American Red Cross and Cedar Fair theme parks are partnering to thank those who come out to donate blood or platelets at select blood drives with a free Cedar Fair theme park ticket. Donors also have special access to additional discounted tickets. Two...
June 29, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.
June 22, 2015
LE SUEUR , Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Mitch Thune on Monday, July 6, 2015. Mitch began donating blood in high school probably never realizing that he would become a blood recipient himself one day – needing many blood transfusions after being...