Heart of America
Give the gift that money can’t buy and support patients in need
The American Red Cross is encouraging Peoria area residents to think outside the box this holiday season and give the perfect gift – a potentially lifesaving blood donation. Hospital patients in Illinois and across the country can benefit from those who roll up their sleeves and donate blood at the Megan Fong Memorial Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 29 from noon to 6 p.m. at Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum, 1600 W. Main Street in Peoria.
“The Megan Fong memorial blood drive has become a Bradley tradition. Megan was an active member of the BU tennis team and diagnosed with leukemia. She fought her battle with leukemia in 2002. Bradley alums and Peoria residents alike can help boost the blood supply during the busy holiday season,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “Donating blood can save up to three lives and the only cost is about an hour of your time. To a hospital patient in need, time is everything.”
Before she was diagnosed, Fong registered as a bone marrow donor. Presenting donors can also register to be a bone marrow donor. All presenting donors will be entered in a raffle to win a Bradley University sweatshirt.
Megan Fong Memorial Blood Drive
Noon -6 p.m.
1600 W. Main St, Peoria, IL 61625
To show thanks for those who give blood or platelets during the month of December, a financial contribution will be made in their honor to the American Red Cross Gifts that Save the Day program. Gifts to this program provide comfort items such as blankets or emergency shelter for neighbors in need. Learn more at redcross.org/gifts.
The need for blood is constant and doesn’t pause for the holidays. Inclement weather, seasonal illnesses and holiday plans can impact a donor’s availability in the winter, often times reducing blood and platelet supplies for patients in need. Currently, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as they are coming in. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
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 permission 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
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.