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Donate lifesaving blood in honor of Nathan Pennington on March 17

Heart of America

March 10, 2014
 

PEORIA, Ill. (March. 10, 2013) – In April of last year, 5-year-old East Peoria resident Nathan Pennington was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called medulloblastoma. To help fight his cancer, Nathan underwent surgery to remove a tumor near his brain stem, as well as radiation treatment to decrease the size of tumors located at the front of his brain and along his spine.

Following these emergency procedures, Nathan began chemotherapy treatments and required many lifesaving blood product transfusions to help sustain his life. Nathan’s treatments ended in February, but he continues to receive periodic platelet transfusions.

“Our family is forever grateful for all the generous blood and platelet donors who give to help patients like Nathan,” said Corey Pennington, Nathan’s father. “We’ve seen just how powerful blood donations are and strongly encourage all those eligible to give.”

Nathan’s friends and family are hosting a blood drive on March 17 at Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria to help ensure patients have the blood they need – no matter when or where it is needed.

Donate Blood in Honor of Nathan Pennington

March 17 from 2-7 p.m. at Woodland Baptist Church, 6915 N. Allen Road in Peoria, Ill.

To make a donation appointment, please call Harold and Jean Stark at 309-674-2772. Eligible donors can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Donors of all blood types are needed. Donated blood may be used for organ transplant patients, trauma victims, heart surgery patients, premature babies, patients with complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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