Donate lifesaving blood in honor of Nathan Pennington on Sept. 10

August 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, Ill. – In April of this year, 5-year-old East Peoria resident Nathan Pennington was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called medulloblastoma. To help fight his cancer, Nathan underwent surgery to remove a tumor near his brain stem, as well as radiation treatment to decrease the size of tumors located at the front of his brain and along his spine.

During a lengthy hospital stay following these emergency procedures, Nathan required lifesaving blood transfusions on three separate occasions. As Nathan receives more chemotherapy treatments in the future, he is expected to need additional transfusions.

Now, Nathan’s friends and family are hosting a blood drive on Sept. 10 at Crossroads United Methodist Church to help ensure Nathan and patients like him have the blood they need – no matter when or where it is needed.

Donate Blood in Honor of Nathan Pennington

Sept. 10 from 2-7 p.m. at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1420 N. Main St. in Washington, Ill.

To make a donation appointment, please call Sandy at 309-444-9546. Eligible donors can also  call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

Lifesaving blood products for patients like Nathan can only come from generous volunteer donors. While thousands of people answered the call for blood donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this summer, an urgent need remains for types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. The summer months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood to keep pace with patient needs.

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.