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Blood drives celebrate Donate Life Month

Members HeartlBlood Centers work during blood drive. April is National Donate Life Month. | Sun-Times Medifile photo.

Members of the Heartland Blood Centers work during a blood drive. April is National Donate Life Month. | Sun-Times Media file photo.

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Updated: May 4, 2013 6:23AM

Heartland Blood Centers, a non-for-profit, independent blood center serving 47 area hospitals, is supporting Donate Life Month in April.

National Donate Life Month was established in 2003 to raise public awareness of the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.

Heartland Blood Centers encourages all healthy community members, 16 years of age or older, to donate blood in the month of April as a way to honor celebrate their good health by helping those who are not so fortunate.

Approximately 4.5 million Americans will need a blood transfusion each year, according to America’s Blood Centers.

“One of the easiest ways to celebrate National Donate Life Month is to give blood. Share your good health today by donating blood and register as an organ, eye and tissue donor to continue helping others after you have passed”, said Ann McKanna, vice president of New Business and Development with Heartland Blood Centers.

In the United States alone, someone needs blood every two seconds. They could be a family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or people you may never know. They all have one thing in common — the need for a lifesaving blood donation. Thousands of Americans have already made the commitment and given the gift of life in 2013.

A single patient can use large amounts of blood. Car accident and trauma victims need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions, and 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.

This year alone, Heartland Blood Centers will need to collect 174,000 blood products to support member hospitals.

For a list of convenient donation locations, visit for a Heartland center or community blood drive near you.

Blood donors 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.

Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility.

Blood drives in our area this month include:

Bartlett — April 03 from 03:30 to 07:30 p.m. at Bartlett Park District, 700 S. Bartlett Road.

Elgin — April 23 from 08:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m. .at Saint Edward Central Catholic High School, 335 Locust St.

Elgin — April 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran, 357 Division St.

Geneva — April 20 from 11 a.m. to 02 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Ball Park, 34 W 002 Cherry Lane.

Huntley — April 16 from 08 a.m. to 02 p.m. at Huntley High School, 13719 Harmony Road.

Huntley — April 22 from 09 a.m. to 010 p.m. at Del Webb Sun City, 12980 Meadow View Court.

St. Charles — April 04 from 02 to 04 p.m. at Titlemax, Inc.:,2015 West Main St.

St. Charles — April 10 from 09 a.m. to noon at Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38.

St. Charles — April 15 from 03:30 to 07:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church, 37W130 Crane Road.

St. Charles — April 22 from 02:30 to 06:30 p.m. at Richmond Elementary School, 300 S. 12th St.

St. Charles — April 24 from 05:30 to 07:30 p.m. at Saint Charles VFW Post No. 5036, 119 North Third St.

St. Charles — April 25 from noon to 05 p.m. at Saint Charles Municipal Building, 2 East Main St.

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