Donate blood in honor of one-year-old Beau Norris at Genoa blood drive

November 13, 2013

GENOA, Ill. (Nov. 13, 2013) – On Nov. 23, community members can roll up a sleeve and donate blood in honor Beau Norris, a one-year-old who relies on the generosity of blood donors to sustain his life.

Beau was born on April 25, 2012 with a congenital heart defect. The doctors informed his parents, Brad and Denise Norris of Genoa, that he had transposition of the greater arteries, meaning his aorta was on the wrong side of his heart, and pulmonary atresia, meaning there was no connection between his heart and lungs. At just 10 days old, Beau had his first surgery to receive a BT shunt to help blood flow from his heart to his lungs, which required a blood transfusion. Beau’s treatment is ongoing and he will require additional blood transfusions in the future.

“The blood Beau received from donors helped save his life; it’s as simple as that,” said Denise Norris, Beau’s mother. “Our family wants to thank all those who roll up a sleeve for patients like Beau and encourage others to sign up to give blood. It’s a perfect way to make a difference.”

Donate Blood in Honor of Beau Norris

Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Genoa Kingston Fire Protection District, 317 E. Railroad St. in Genoa, Ill.

With the holiday season and winter just around the corner, all blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative, B negative and AB positive or negative.

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.