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July 14, 2015
American Red Cross blood and platelet donors can now help save lives in less time by using the new Red Cross RapidPass online health history system. RapidPass streamlines the donation experience by allowing donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online from the...
June 29, 2015
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage. The call for donations is supported by a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showing that more than 40 percent plan to travel the week before or...
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...
May 18, 2015
The American Red Cross urges donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign, officially sponsored by Suburban Propane.
May 15, 2015
PEORIA, Ill. — In January of last year, then 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. Throughout the course of her treatments at St. Jude Children’s Research...
May 14, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — As residents in Bloomington-Normal look to soak up every bit of fun during the summer season, it’s important to remember that cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and others can’t take a summer holiday from needing a potentially lifesaving blood...
May 12, 2015
QUINCY, Ill. — Summer is a challenging time for the nation’s blood supply. As the summer heats up, blood donations tend to decline as schools are dismissed and families are enjoying vacations and other seasonal activities. But hospital patients can’t take a summer break from...
April 27, 2015
This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2015.   The Leaders Save Lives program encourages...