Blood drive to be held in honor of Illinois cancer patient

October 21, 2013

Cheryl Wilkerson was diagnosed in 2011


OPDYKE, Ill. (Oct. 21, 2013) – When Cheryl Wilkerson was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in October 2011, her prognosis, in her words, “was not great.” Nearly a year later, when cancer cells moved into both her lungs, the outlook seemed even more bleak. However, two years after the initial diagnosis, Wilkerson continues to live each day to the fullest, thanks in part to donated blood used as part of her treatments.


To thank those who donated blood and to encourage others to do so, Wilkerson is hosting a blood drive Nov. 4 with the American Red Cross and the communities of Opdyke and Belle Rive, Ill.


“At any time, you or a member of your family could need blood,” Wilkerson said. “When you donate blood you get a sense of satisfaction knowing you’re helping someone.”


Blood is used by a variety of patients, including accident victims and cancer patients. In fact, some cancer patients may receive daily blood transfusions as part of their treatment.


Belle Rive and Opdyke Community Blood Drive in Honor of Cheryl Wilkerson

Nov. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Opdyke Baptist Church

9208 N. Opdyke Lane in Opdyke, Ill.


The need for blood is constant, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. All blood types are needed at the Belle Rive and Opdyke Community Blood Drive and other Red Cross blood drives.


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code Opdyke 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

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.