Community Platelet Drive and Blood Drive Held in Honor of Cora Peters

April 21, 2011

The Princeton community has two opportunity to honor 15-year-old Cora Peters, by giving platelets on Thursday, April 21 or by donating whole blood on Friday, April 22. It's a chance to help boost the blood supply for other patients like Cora.

Platelet Drive in Honor of Cora Peters

Thursday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Princeton Metro Center, Shoemake Hall

Appointments are required


Blood Drive in Honor of Cora Peters

Friday, April 22 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bureau County Christian Center

3525 N. Main Street, Princeton

A year and a half ago, 15-year-old Cora Peters was diagnosed with stage 4 synovial sarcoma. Since her diagnosis, Cora has gone through three surgeries and countless lifesaving blood product transfusions to replace the blood cells that her body was no longer able to make.

Blood is a perishable product and can only be supplied by dedicated volunteer donors. Princeton citizens can make a difference and donate blood for the community and for people throughout the country.

How to Donate Blood

Whole blood and platelet donors can make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS  (1-800-733-2767)  or Mary Baker at 854-3058. Whole blood donors may also 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.  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.