Blood Drive to Honor Illinois Man

October 9, 2012

Freddie Cislaghi Suffers from Blood Disorder


HERRIN, Ill. (Oct. 5, 2012) — For avid hunter Freddie Cislaghi, being outdoors is something that just feels right.  But a blood disorder diagnosed nearly two years ago has kept him indoors.  During the past eight months of treatment, Cislaghi has received more than 60 pints of blood, more than 15 platelet transfusions, and a bone marrow transplant.  Now, his family is joining the American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region in hosting a blood drive in his honor.


The Cislaghi family and the Red Cross invite the Herrin community to honor Cislaghi at the Freddie Cislaghi Blood Drive from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Herrin Elks Lodge, 221 E. Monroe St., Herrin, Ill.


“It is hard to imagine that all the pints of blood he’s received are just going to one person,” said his son, Jim Cislaghi.  “Everyone should donate as much blood as possible.  It’s going to help somebody.” 


Patients like Freddie Cislaghi often need blood transfusions as part of treatment from blood disorders, cancer and other illnesses. 


“Just think about it, your blood donation could save somebody’s life,” said Jim Cislaghi.


Blood collected at the Freddie Cislaghi blood drive may help cancer patients, accident victims and other patients in need.  Walk-ins are welcome, though appointments are preferred. 


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 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 join our blog at