Winter weather has caused hundreds of lost donations over the weekend. Please give as soon as able. All types are needed, especially universal donors. For those eligible to donate, please find a Donor Center or mobile blood drive near you at www.bloodcenterimpact.org or by calling (800) 747-5401.
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.