CHANGE THE WORLD WITH US

For 1 in 7 patients entering a hospital today, blood can change everything. Patients count on lifesaving blood transfusions every day of the year, and with your help we can ensure it is readily available.

 

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Watch the stories below of families that have been impacted by blood donation.

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Andrew

Andrew

“It was only through lifesaving blood donations that I was able to hold on, to keep fighting.” – Andrew O, trauma survivor

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Kelsey

Kelsey

One night in high school, Kelsey's path changed forever and an emergency trip to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital saved her life.

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Andy's Story

Andy

Andy needed 22 units of blood to survive serious injuries after he was hit by a train as a teenager. Although he lost his legs in the accident, his life was saved.

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Aniyah and Ashli

Aniyah and Ashli

Aniyah and Ashli share their story and the difference a diverse donor base can make for sickle cell patients.

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Ashley

If I can do that little part, I hope you can too.

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Sickle Cell Warrior

Ashley Reed

Ashley is a sickle cell warrior. Learn how she is impacted by blood donations.

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Athena

Athena was born with a critical condition called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). Without the blood products voluntarily given by blood donors, Athena would not be with us today.

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Audrey's Story

Audrey

Audrey faced a life-threatening situation after giving birth to her son, Jaxson.

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Ava

During her battle, Ava received multiple transfusions which were greatly needed because of her chemo treatment.

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Beard Family

Milo and Brooks are now happy and healthy, growing boys, but without the generous donations of volunteer donors, the Beard brothers would not have survived.

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Blood donors gave 62 more days of smiles, giggles, and laughter with Caylee to her family.

Caylee

Blood donors gave 62 more days of smiles, giggles, and laughter with Caylee to her family.

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CHARLY GOES FOR THE HAIL MARY

Charly

Charly battled cancer when she was eight years old and won, but throughout her treatment she received over a dozen blood transfusions to help her keep up the fight.

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Dump Cancer with Declan

Declan

Declan has received numerous blood and platelet transfusions.

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Ella and Elaine

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Emily K

Because of the time you dedicate to donating blood or platelets, Owen and Evelyn have a mom and Troy has a wife. We are grateful for all you do to help keep families whole.

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Emily S

Emily is with us today thanks to the skill and care of paramedics, doctors and nurses who treated her and the volunteer donors who helped save her life.

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Erin

I foolishly never really considered the need, or the impact involved with donating blood until there was a time that blood donation saved my life.

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We can, now, officially say that Grayson is a Childhood Cancer Survivor!

Grayson

Grayson was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he was 11 months old. Since that time he has had routine MRIs to monitor his residual tumor. He recently had his final MRI and the area we've been watching for over 6 years remains unchanged.

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Hayden - Childhood Cancer Awareness

Hayden

Blood donors can help change the world for children battling cancer. The Daufeldts found that out, when their little boy Hayden was diagnosed with brain cancer in November of 2014.

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Holly - Heart Survivor

Holly is a heart survivor. She has been through an incredible journey. She received blood products during a quadruple bypass surgery. Holly is now doing better than ever and is an advocate for women's heart health!

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Be a Hero for Hudson

Hudson

Blood donors are helping save Hudson's life. He was diagnosed with leukemia in March of 2019, right before his 2nd birthday, and received three blood transfusions and two platelet transfusions that very first night.

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Isla's Story

Isla

When Isla was born in 2011, it was discovered that she had a rare congenital heart defect. Throughout her treatment, she was kept alive with the help of blood donations

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Jamila

Jamila

Jamila nearly lost her life after the birth of her son. She received 32 units of blood products and discovered first-hand how important blood donors are. Now, Jamila works with us at the Blood Center to recruit blood donors and spread the message!

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Meet our Team!

Jay - Donor Scheduler

Have you every thought about becoming a donor scheduler with the blood center? Jay tells us why he thinks it's great!

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Jose recovered from COVID-19 and now able to donate convalescent plasma donor which is used to help those still fighting COVID-19.

Jose

José is changing the world.

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Helping others was just the way Josh Ramos lived his life.

Josh

Josh Ramos changed the world.

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Kale - Childhood Cancer Awareness

Kale

When Kale needed blood and platelet transfusions as part of his treatment, the blood products were there because of donors like you.

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Karolyne

Blood donations are vital to Karolyne who was diagnosed with HLHS in utero.

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What happens when a pair of like-minded, generous volunteers happen to meet at a blood drive?

Lesa

What happens when a pair of like-minded, generous volunteers happen to meet at a blood drive?

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Liam's Story

Liam

Blood products truly are medicine for Liam as he has had over 500 whole blood and 500 platelet transfusions in the 8 years he's been alive.

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Meet Super Lilie

Lilie

Lilie was diagnosed with leukemia. After going through 3 years of chemotherapy and treatments, Lilie is now 9 years old and loves competitive dance and gymnastics!

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Lilly

Lilly is a fierce and feisty 4-year-old heart warrior.

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Lindsay Lococo

Lindsay

Lindsay Lococo - A Cancer Survivor's Story

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Lorelei

Lorelei holds blood drives to celebrate her journey. In this video, Lorelei's mom recounts their journey through two transplants and multiple blood donations.

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Macie

Macie has had 5 huge cardiac surgeries throughout the years that required multiple blood transfusions to get her safely through the surgery alone.

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Mackenzie

If it wasn't for people donating blood, we wouldn't have had the three more months that we had with Mackenzie.

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Marek - Pediatric Cancer Awareness

Marek

I want people to know that just ten minutes of your time and one pint of your blood can help save lives, like our son's. What better gift can you give someone?

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"Blood donors saved my life. I had a rare illness and if it wasn't for blood donors taking time out of their day to give, I wouldn't be here today."

Mari

Mari received blood products as part of her treatment for a rare autoimmune disease.

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Meet our Team!

Marie - Phlebotomist

Marie, a donor services charge, talks about her job and why she loves it! Apply to join our team and change the world with us!

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Marissa

Marissa

Marissa received blood products while undergoing treatment for cancer. Now, she is doing great and hosts blood drives to help give back!

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Mayor Rickey Williams Jr.

Mayor Williams Jr. has been a blood donor for many years, with a personal connection to blood donation.

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Nate - Childhood Cancer Awareness

Nate

Blood donation changes the world for families and give recipients a second chance at life to get to do all the things they love.

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Olivia's Story

Olivia

Olivia is currently battling cancer, but she won't let that get her down.

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Olsen

They saved my son, but they can't do it without you. Donate blood!

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Quinn

Quinn was diagnosed with sickle cell disease when she was just three weeks old. But thanks to blood donors like you, she is out there living her best life, traveling the world and going to graduate school.

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Reid's Story

Reid

Blood Donors Gave Reid More Time.

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Rock Island Arsenal

The Rock Island Arsenal has been a dedicated community partner since 1974, now hosting 24 blood drives each year and collecting more than 800 units annually.

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Ronna

After a total of eight surgeries – and countless pints of blood (thank you donors!) – I have been cancer-free for over 10 years. Now I am happy to be back donating blood regularly with the blood center.

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Sarah - Why I Give

Sarah

I came very close to bleeding to death and my life was saved, in part, by donated blood. It seems wrong to me to not give now, when I am capable of doing so.

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Scott Air Force Base

We went to Scott Air Force Base and asked them "why do you give blood?" Thank you to our military and first responders for your service and dedication!

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Shyneeta

On behalf of them, thank you for giving blood!

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Sophia

Sophia

For more than a year, Sophia received countless blood and platelet transfusions as part of her successful treatment.

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Stacey

As a longtime blood donor, Stacey saw the difference that blood donors make when his mother-in-law received transfusions during treatment for pancreatic cancer.

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"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

In 2013, Stacey and her husband, Ryan, were expecting triplets after years of infertility.

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Tara- Convalescent Plasma Donor

Tara

"I'm here to give my plasma so it can help someone else."

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100 Gallon Donor!

Terry

Terry reached his 100th gallon in 2017, and we couldn't be more proud of him! He began donating in the early 1960s, and has dedicated so much time to helping save lives with his 800 donations (8 donations = 1 gallon)!

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Tiffani

Tiffani is a sickle cell disease warrior.

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Tim

Tim is a dedicated blood donor who serves as a Major in the Iowa National Guard. In this video, he talks about getting started as a blood donor while on deployment in Iraq.

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Trev

Over the years, Trev received 588 blood products: 55 units of blood, 328 units of plasma, 46 units of granulocytes, and 159 units of platelets.

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Trooper Tracy

She told us why blood donation is such a great way to give back to the community.

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Wesley

Wesley

Wesley was diagnosed with cancer and now him and his mom are saying thank you to all those who donate blood and help kids like him.

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Blood Types Needed

Many variables can impact our blood inventories such as weather, holidays or tragic events.  Every day, patients who need blood are in crisis and you can help by volunteering to donate.  Less than 10% of the population gives blood, so donors that give on a regular basis are important to meet these needs. Schedule an appointment today!

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    3 days

    Critical Need

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    2 days

    Critical Need

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    3 days

    Critical Need

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    4 days

    Critical Need

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    3 days

    Critical Need

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    4 days

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    10 days

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    4 days

    Critical Need

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