In support and need of Donate Life Month, Illinois Heartland Blood Centers are asking all eligible blood donors to give life-saving blood or platelets during this time. Their independent Blood Centers needs to collect 166,700 blood products to support their 39 Chicago and suburban member hospitals.
One patient involved in a serious car accident can use large amounts of blood. Needing as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions. Burn victims can use up to 50 platelet transfusions. Platelets help blood to clot and give those with leukemia and other cancers a chance to live. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure, carries blood cells, nutrients, and supplies critical proteins for blood clotting and immunity. A lifesaving blood donation can save the life of someone you know or may never know.
When you donate blood at one of the 17 Illinois Heartland Blood Centers or events you receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health.
“One of the easiest ways to participate in National Donate Life Month is to give blood. It takes just an hour of your time.” said Ann McKanna, Vice President of New Business and Development with Heartland Blood Centers. “Patients that need blood transfusions are usually in a life or death situation. What greater gift can you give someone than another chance at life.”
Illinois Heartland Blood Centers are available for walk-in donations or you can schedule an appointment online. For a list of locations or center hours, visit www.heartlandbc.org for a Heartland center or community blood drive near you. Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility.
Illinois Heartland Blood Centers have scheduled the following blood drives in Chicago.
- 4/6/2011 – 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Haley Elementary School
3020 South Parnell Avenue, Chicago, IL
- 4/6/2011 – 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Gale Math & Science Academy
1631 West Jonquil Terrace, Chicago, IL
- 4/29/2011 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Orr Academy High School
730 North Pulaski, Chicago, IL