Ilinois Man Donates 25 Gallons of Blood

June 14, 2012

Milestone Donation Expected at Red Cross Blood Drive June 16



He may have started giving blood for what he refers to as a “selfish” reason, but West Frankfort resident Rick Wickman has continued donating for a selfless one: to help save lives.  Over the last 50 years, Wickman has donated blood with the American Red Cross 199 times, and is scheduled to make his monumental 200th donation in Marion, IL, this Saturday.

You can join Wickman at the Black Diamond Harley Davidson blood drive on Saturday, June 16, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 2400 Williamson Court Parkway in Marion, IL.  Everyone who attempts to donate blood will receive a Rock ‘n’ Roll themed t-shirt while supplies last, and will be entered into a drawing to win a Black Diamond Harley Davidson gift basket.

          Wickman began donating blood when he joined the Navy, and said he started because those who donated were given a day off from ship work.  He continued, though, because he said he “got a good feeling out of it” when he considered “how much good it does.”

          Donating blood can do a lot of good, indeed; in fact, just one blood donation can help save up to three lives.  That means, in Wickman’s lifetime he has helped save nearly 600 lives through his voluntary donations.

            Wickman is scheduled to give blood this Saturday, and encourages others to join him, noting that “it’s beneficial and only costs about an hour of your time.”

            To schedule an appointment to donate at the Black Diamond Harley Davidson blood drive, or to find other Red Cross blood drives in your area, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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