Rock On and Be a Lifesaver with the American Red Cross

June 4, 2010

Donors encouraged to give at Rock 'N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive

PEORIA, Ill. (June 3, 2010) – The American Red Cross is your connection to helping to save lives by donating blood and bringing local bands to participate at the Fourth Annual Rock 'N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive on Friday, June 18 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Peoria Civic Center.

The Red Cross and Rock 'N Roll Up Your Sleeve bands are dedicated to connecting youth to lifesaving causes and are partnering to raise awareness about the constant need for blood. Music lovers will have a chance to help save lives while enjoying music from local bands like rapper Gabe, R&B group Full Flavor, rock and roll bands Mary and the Giant along with Beer Goggle Prophets; Soggy Bottom Blues Band; and The Business.

“Blood donations often decline over the summer because donors are busy with summer activities and schools are on summer break,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of American Red Cross Blood Services Heart of America Region. “Rock 'N Roll Up Your Sleeve is a great way to remind our high school and college donors about the importance of donating blood year-round.”

All presenting donors will receive a VIP voucher to Vans Warped tour in Chicago later this summer, and are eligible to win an Intel Pentium Centrino 1.8 Ghz laptop featuring 2GB RAM, 80 GB hard drive, CD-ROM and a 14.1 inch LCD screen, or one of many other door prizes. (The VIP voucher, along with a purchased concert ticket, provides VansWarped Tour concert-goers with special access to the Music Saves Lives concert booth for special band meet and greet sessions.

Time is running out! This is a chance to hang out with friends and get a chance to really help others in need. You play a critical role in modern healthcare. Your blood is needed more than you think – make an appointment today to be a summer lifesaver, and donate again in 56 days. Change a life – starting with your own.

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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.