Donate blood in honor of 3-year-old Jace Butler

December 16, 2013

CANTON, Ill. (Dec. 16, 2013) – On Dec. 30, Canton and Lewistown community members can roll up a sleeve and donate blood in honor of Jace Butler, a courageous 3-year-old who received lifesaving blood transfusions earlier this year.

On October 15, Jace was admitted to OSF Children’s Hospital in Peoria and later diagnosed with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. The next 16 days were critical for Jace as he experienced high blood pressure, sudden kidney failure and suffered a stroke. As his blood counts dropped, he received blood and platelet transfusions to help sustain his life. Jace returned home on Halloween, and his parents were glad to have their “Batman” home again.

Jace’s family is grateful to all those who helped save his life and are encouraging eligible donors to give the gift of life to patients in need at one of the American Red Cross blood drives on Dec. 30.

“Without the generosity of blood donors, our Jace would not be here today,” said Jamie Butler, Jace’s mother. “Our family has seen firsthand just how important blood donations are, and we urge people to come out and give to help patients like Jace.”

Blood drives in honor of Jace Butler

Dec. 30 from 2-6 p.m. at the Temple Baptist Church, 10 Van Dyke Dr., in Canton, Ill.

Dec. 30 from 1-6 p.m. at the Lewistown Fulton County Farm Bureau, 15411 N. IL Hwy 100 in Lewistown, Ill.

With holiday activities, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses, December can be a difficult time to collect enough blood donations to meet patient needs. Blood donors of all types are needed on Dec. 30, especially O negative, A negative, B negative and AB.

As part of the Red Cross’ Give Something that Means Something winter campaign, presenting donors at blood drives between Dec. 24 and Jan. 3 will receive a commemorative long-sleeve T-shirt, while supplies last.


How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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. 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.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.