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August 14, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (August 14, 2014) – Starting Aug. 25, the Bloomington-Normal community will once again have the opportunity to partner with the American Red Cross and local first responders by donating blood during the 16th annual Badges for Life Blood Donation Campaign.
July 22, 2014
PEORIA, Ill. (July 22, 2014) – The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give. Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000...
June 19, 2014
PEORIA, Ill. (June 19, 2014) – Summer is an important time of year for the American Red Cross. As many families leave on summer vacations and schools are dismissed, blood donations tend to decline. But hospital patients can’t take a summer break from needing a lifesaving blood...
June 9, 2014
PEORIA, Ill. (June 9, 2014) — The American Red Cross, in partnership with Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor, will celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 14 with the sixth annual Nexcare give program. The Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to give, especially those...
June 3, 2014
COLCHESTER Ill. (June 3, 2014) – On June 14, area residents will have the opportunity to honor the life of Greg Bunnell by donating blood at an American Red Cross blood drive being held in his memory. Bunnell was a devoted husband and father whose life was tragically cut short in an...
May 20, 2014
PEORIA, Ill. (May 20, 2014) — The American Red Cross kicks off its 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. campaign on May 24, reminding blood donors that they can give hope to patients by rolling up a sleeve.
May 19, 2014
PEORIA, Ill. (May 19, 2014) — In January of this year, 12-year-old St. Vincent de Paul Parish School student Samantha “Sam” Jones was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma. Sam is currently undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s...
May 13, 2014
QUINCY, Ill. (May 13, 2014) — When the summer season arrives, blood and platelet donations often decline as schools are out of session and families pack their schedules full of fun activities. But cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and more can’t take a summer holiday...
April 10, 2014
PEKIN, Ill. (April 10, 2014) — The public depends on the generous service of first responders who dedicate their lives to helping others in times of emergency. But even the most courageous heroes need partners to help save lives.
March 27, 2014
PEORIA, Ill. (March 27, 2014) – For the third consecutive year, the American Red Cross will be cruising for eligible blood donors at the Central Illinois Auto Show to help refuel the blood supply and ensure patients have the blood products they need. This year’s auto show at the Peoria...