URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DONORS - Low supply of type O red blood cells, AB plasma and Convalescent PlasmaBlood donation is safe and essential!  Recent changes to donor eligibility criteria may allow more to give. Please fill out the deferral/eligibility inquiry form if you have questions.

There is no deferral period for volunteer donors who receive COVID-19 Vaccines and wish to give whole blood, double reds or platelet/plasma apheresis donations.  However, due to uncertainty of the immune response from the vaccine, donations cannot be used for Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19 patients. 

Click here for our response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) including information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on blood donation being permitted during Stay at Home directives. Click here for care provider and self-referrals for convalescent plasma donors for those that had a positive molecular test (also called PCR or polymerase chain reaction) and are fully recovered from COVID-19.  Email or call 833-610-1025 with questions.

stacey's story

In 2013, Stacey and her husband, Ryan, were expecting triplets after years of
infertility. At 22 weeks gestation, Stacey delivered two identical girls and a boy. Being
born more than 17 weeks premature, their triplets were not even considered viable
by most hospital standards around the world. Baby Abigail passed away within
two hours of birth. Their son, Parker, lived for nearly two months in the NICU, but
mounting medical issues proved to be too much. Their son passed away in their
arms after 55 days.

"Because not only did I receive a massive blood transfusion to save my life, but Peyton and Parker – they received several. I can't even count how many.”

Peyton was their lone survivor, a healthy child who has overcome more obstacles
than most people experience in a lifetime. Peyton spent nearly four months in the
neonatal intensive care unit before finally arriving home in the fall of 2013.

“It takes a special person to be able to donate to the NICU,” Skrysak said. “Not
everyone has that perfect blood for the sickest and most fragile children.”

Skrysak thanks blood donors for helping her and her family. “...it really meant the
world to us. Because not only did I receive a massive blood transfusion to save my
life, but Peyton and Parker – they received several. I can’t even count how many.”

Stacey Skrysak is an award-winning television journalist based in Springfield, Illinois.
She and her family welcomed their rainbow baby, Piper Avery, in August 2019.

stacey, ryan, peyton and piper