Over the past three weeks, the Blood Center has been forced to cancel dozens of blood drives (68, and counting) leading to a loss of more than 2200 donations due to record cold tempatures, snow, and ice.
If you are able to safely travel to donate blood this week, please do. To find a donation location near you, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use the Blood Center’s IMPACT mobile app.
With another winter storm on the way to portions of our service region, we will continue to provide information on the impact of winter weather at www.bloodcenter.org/weather.
February is Heart Health Month, and we’re sharing stories from people throughout our region who have received lifesaving blood as part of their heart-related treatment. This is Phil’s story …Hello, my name is Phil. I am a carpenter from mid-Illinois. In 2005, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure due to a flu I had caught. After a year and a half of treatment at Carle, I was put on the transplant list. I was on the list for five and a half weeks, and in October of 2006 I was given a second chance at life -- a new heart. The doctors said that without a new heart I had roughly 48 hours of life left. I am so blessed to have been given that gift.I'm not sure how much blood I received, but I am very thankful for the donations people make. Without that selfless generosity, I may not be here.Thank you for letting me share my story with you. Thank you all for the gifts you give, it helps so many people.