Cancun Experience Winners Announced

August 5, 2009

PEORIA, Ill. – Congratulations to Kathy Mazander of Peoria - the grand prize winner of the Cancun Experience presented by Alexander Travel and the American Red Cross! Kathy presented to donate platelets at the Red Cross donation center in downtown Peoria this summer. She and a guest will spend four days and three nights in Cancun.

Other winners in the Cancun Experience include Denise Harris and Mary Jane Sterling who will each take home a pair of sunglasses courtesy of Maui Jim. Since the promotion began in May, a pizza was raffled off each week, thanks to Double A's Pizza. As media sponsor for the Cancun Experience, WEEK-TV reminded everyone about the importance of donating blood this summer.

"We are very grateful to all of our generous sponsors – Alexander Travel, Maui Jim, Double A's Pizza and WEEK-TV," says Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross." Of course, we also want to thank all our volunteer donors who came to center this summer. Their donations will help many patients in need."

A total of 4,598 people presented to donate platelets and whole blood at the Peoria donation center during the Cancun Experience, which ran from May 1 to July 31.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit 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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

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. 


Peoria, IL
United States
40° 41' 37.1364" N, 89° 35' 20.3496" W
See map: Google Maps