For someone in a hospital bed, a blood transfusion can be more welcome than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. When hospital patients receive blood transfusions, it’s usually a matter of life-or-death. Cancer patients and patients with blood disorders receive blood products regularly as part of their treatment plan.
Every day, Heartland Blood Centers sees first-hand how blood transfusions will save the life of a pre-mature infant, a 7-year-old undergoing treatment for cancer, or a 67-year-old mother and grandmother with sickle-cell anemia. Sometimes, sadly, a blood transfusion is not enough to save a life, but it can give a loved-one another week, another month or another year to spend with their families.
All donors receive free mini-medical exams on site and 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.
For a list of locations, center hours or to sign up for a blood drive, visit www.heartlandbc.org.
The following blood drives have been scheduled in the area:
March 13 —10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Robert Morris College (Aurora Campus), 905 Meridian Lake Drive. Call Madonna at 630-375-8196.
March 15 — 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Aurora Central High School, 1255 N. Edgelawn Drive. Support the Kiwanis Club of Aurora and its 64th annual Pancake Day. Every donor will receive a complimentary pancake breakfast.
March 15 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TGM Springbrook Communities, 4101 Chesapeake Drive. Call Missy Talkington at 630-264-7834.
March 20 — 4:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Georgetown Elementary, 995 Long Grove Drive. Call Kris Harvey at 630-817-8287 or email email@example.com.
March 24 — 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Aurora Public Library, 1 E. Benton St. Call Wendy Larson at 630-723-2769.
March 7 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Perfection Servo, 1290 Lyon Road
March 10 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ATI Therapy corporate office, 790 Remington Blvd.
March 29 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bolingbrook Fire Station 5, 1901 Rodeo Drive (119th)
March 30 — 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Life Lutheran Church, 249 N. Bolingbrook Road ;
March 10 — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Strikers Fox Valley, 1000 South Kirk Road
March 14 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dykema Gossett, 4200 Commerce Court, suite 300 ;
March 19 — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Molex, 2222 Wellington Court
March 7 and 8 — 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Naperville Donor Center, 1297 S. Naper Blvd. Naperville Neighbors & Newcomers mention sponsor code 203127 when donating at Heartland’s Naperville center. Call 630-428-3632.
March 22 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 801 Oak St. Come support Knights of Columbus Council 15119. Every donor will receive a free insulated coffee mug. Call Robert Noonan at 630-264-1175.
March 12 — 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave.
March 15 — 8 a.m. to noon at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 101 South 6th Ave.
March 17 — 2 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 6n491 Crane Road
March 18 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Q Center, 1405 North 5th Ave.
March 27 — 3 to 7 p.m. at Sandwich Fire Department, 311 East Railroad. Call Derek Hagerty at 815-213-3189 to reserve a donation time, stop by the Fire Station.
March 19 — 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Fuel Tech, 27601 Bella Vista Parkway
March 31 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wheaton College, 520 E. Franklin
March 7 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central DuPage Hospital, 25 N. Winfield Road
March 15 — 8 a.m. to noon at Christ The Servant Catholic Church, 8700 Havens Drive
March 26 — 1 to 4 p.m. at Cargill Food Distribution, 10420 Woodward Ave. Call Kurt at 630-739-1746.
March 9 — 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St Patrick Parish, Yorkville, 406 Walnut St. Call Dave at 630-417-6264, sign up after Masses.