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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 1600's to the present


Media Contact

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

Ben Corey, External Communications Manager 
Heart of America Blood Services Region
(309) 636-4284 (p) (309) 634-1385 (c) 




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...
April 16, 2015
MACOMB, Ill. – Students play a vital role in helping ensure hospital patients in Illinois and across the country have the blood products they need. In fact, donors from high school and college blood drives account for about 20 percent of donations given through the American Red Cross. But...