Donate lifesaving blood or platelets in memory of Lisa Osborne

January 25, 2013

PEORIA, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2013) – Central Illinois residents will have the opportunity to honor Lisa Osborne, a devoted wife and friend who passed away after a courageous three and-a-half-year battle with breast cancer on Jan. 21, 2012. During her treatments, Lisa required many blood and platelet transfusions to combat the effects of chemotherapy. The transfusions gave Lisa additional time with her friends and family and now, they’re coming together to give back to patients in need and celebrate Lisa’s life.

On Jan. 31, eligible donors can donate lifesaving blood or platelets in memory of Lisa at the Peoria Blood Donation Center. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only. Eligible donors can call Cheryl Kohn at 309-636-4461 to make an appointment to give on Jan. 31.


Donate Blood or Platelets in Memory of Lisa Osborne

Thursday, January 31

Peoria Blood Donation Center

405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria

Blood donation appointments are available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Platelet donations appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


“I thank all the generous donors who give to help patients like Lisa each and every day,” said David Osborne, Lisa’s husband. “It was the donated blood and platelets on the hospital shelves that helped Lisa battle her breast cancer, which allowed us to be together even longer.”

Platelets – a clotting component of blood – can be donated through a special process called apheresis, where blood is spun through a centrifuge separating platelets from the other blood components which are then returned to the donor. Platelets are used to treat cancer patients as well as surgery and transplant patients, as they help prevent massive blood loss. A platelet donation takes approximately two hours.

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 join our blog at