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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 1600s to the present


Media Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Rick Roseneck, Communications 
Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications




April 19, 2016
Long-time Red Cross employee, volunteer to be honored with blood drive   PERU, Ill. (April 19, 2016) — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Jean Greening at a special blood drive held in her honor on Tuesday, May 3 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Peru Illinois Valley Community...
April 11, 2016
Dunlap Valley Middle School invites community to give   PEORIA, Ill. (April 11, 2016) — Dunlap Valley Middle School administration, staff and students encourage community members to help save lives by donating blood in memory of teacher Brooke Joseph, who died in August 2015 after...
April 1, 2016
20-year-old Tia Carr has been fighting several diseases for years   OSWEGO, Ill. (April 1, 2016) ­­– The American Red Cross is partnering with the Yorkville Oswego School District and friends and family of 20-year-old Tia Carr, in inviting the community to give blood in Tia...
March 25, 2016
The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood in memory of Sarah Foster   BARTONVILLE, Ill. (March 25, 2016) — The American Red Cross and Bartonville Christian Church are hosting a special blood drive in memory of Sarah Foster, a Red Cross volunteer blood drive coordinator who...
March 23, 2016
Type O negative is often needed in trauma situations   PEORIA, Ill.  (March 23, 2016) — The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients.  Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is...
March 18, 2016
Alison Wissen survived and gave premature birth to daughter STREATOR, Ill. (March 18, 2016) ­­– The American Red Cross is teaming up with Streator Woodland High School, and friends and family of Alison Wissen, in inviting the community to give blood in Alison Wissen’s honor on...
March 18, 2016
Pyper Young was diagnosed two years ago at the age of five ALEXIS, Ill. (March 18, 2016) ­­– The American Red Cross is partnering with Alexis Community Center in Alexis, Ill., and friends and family of 7-year-old Pyper Young, in inviting the Alexis and surrounding communities to give...
March 7, 2016
Donate blood and consider bone marrow registry DIXON, Ill. (March 7, 2016) — The Dixon Knights of Columbus and the American Red Cross are partnering to help save lives in honor of Greer Bond, a 2 year-old battling Philadelphia positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia, on March 28 from 12:30 to 5...
March 2, 2016
Marty Stokesberry continues fight with help of blood donors   STERLING, Ill. (March 1, 2016) — The American Red Cross is joining the Hopkins family and friends in remembering five of the seven-member family tragically lost in a house fire on Jan. 13. Parents, Patrick and Mary, and three...
March 2, 2016
March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross honors those who donate blood and platelets, organize blood drives and volunteer in communities across the country. These everyday heroes are the face of the Red Cross and help save lives.