Victim of autoimmune hepatitis is dependent on blood transfusions
Peoria, Ill. (Aug. 1, 2016) — The community is invited to give blood in honor of Jill Phillabaum at a special blood drive held in her honor on Tuesday, Aug.16, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Richwoods Christian Church.
Jill is dependent on blood transfusions because of the symptoms she suffers from autoimmune hepatitis, including fatigue from low hemoglobin levels. Jill might not be here today if it were not for the availability of blood products from blood donors. She would like the entire community to come out and donate in her honor.
“Jill Phillabaum is a loving woman and is extremely grateful to all the folks who donate blood,” said her sister, Jada Hoerr. “Jill never complains about her illness or the fatigue she feels from having low hemoglobin levels. Jill prays for the people as she receives each unit of blood.”
Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. This drive also comes when the Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for donors to give now to help address a significant blood shortage and ensure area patients receive the transfusions they need.
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
To learn more about blood donation, including information about eligibility to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If you were deferred from donating in the past, you may be able to donate again.
Donate Blood in honor of Jill Phillabaum
Tuesday, Aug. 16
1 to 6 p.m.
Richwoods Christian Church
8115 N. Knoxville Ave.
To schedule an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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, cruzrojaamericana.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.