Red Cross partners with Komen Peoria Race for the Cure to help collect lifesaving blood and platelets

April 25, 2013

PEORIA, Ill. (April 25, 2013) — On May 6-10, the Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® will partner with the American Red Cross to encourage lifesaving blood and platelet donations to help cancer patients in central Illinois and across the country. The Race for the Cure Week at the Peoria Blood Donation Center precedes the 28th Annual Komen Peoria Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

“Every day, cancer patients rely on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors as they undergo treatment,” said Linda Maricle, executive director Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Peoria. “We encourage eligible blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment with the Red Cross and help give the gift of life to hospital patients in need.”

Race for the Cure Week

Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10

Peoria Blood Donation Center

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

Platelet donations are taken by appointment only. Please call

1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment.

Platelets – a clotting component of blood – are essential to cancer patients, who have to rely on transfusions following chemotherapy and radiation. Platelets are also used to help surgery and transplant patients, as they help prevent massive blood loss. A platelet donation takes approximately two hours.

To register for the 28th Annual Susan G. Komen Peoria Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 11th, please visit

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