Red Cross Blood Drive Held in Honor of Blake Ballard

October 20, 2009

SPRING BAY, Ill. – Blake Ballard is a spunky little guy. He tends to be a bit messy when eating his favorite dinner, spaghetti and meatballs. His favorite color is yellow because he is a huge fan of SpongeBob SquarePants. Blake is in kindergarten this year, and he has made lots of new friends.

But, Blake isn't like other five-year-olds. Instead of worrying about how much candy he will be able to collect on Halloween, Blake is getting ready for surgery. He was born a "blue baby," the common term for an infant with neonatal cyanosis, a condition most often caused by congenital heart malformation. Blake has an interrupted aortic arch. He has had multiple surgeries during his short life and faces another one just days before Halloween. During this journey, Blake has received numerous lifesaving blood transfusions thanks to volunteer blood donors.

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive in Honor of Blake Ballard
    Friday, October 23 from noon to 6 p.m.
    Rivers Edge United Methodist Church
    500 Chicago St.
    Spring Bay, Ill.

Eligible donors are invited to schedule an appointment to donate lifesaving blood that will help patients like Blake. The need for blood is constant, and the gratification of donating is instant. All blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply, and those with Rh negative blood are especially encouraged to donate.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) 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 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.


Rivers Edge United Methodist Church
500 Chicago St
Spring Bay, IL
United States
40° 49' 21.0648" N, 89° 31' 21.648" W
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