The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October.
According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the U.S., making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.
Donors with all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. All those who attempt to donate blood during October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.
To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). More information on liver disease and ways to help protect against liver disease is available at liverfoundation.org.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
10/9/2014: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness Center, 2235 N. Sheffield
10/10/2014: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., McCormick Tribune YMCA, 1834 N Lawndale
10/15/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison St.
10/4/2014: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 9857 Schiller Blvd.
10/2/2014: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave.
10/8/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dominican University Resident Life, 7900 W. Division
10/2/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive
10/9/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive
10/6/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 11456 North 11000 East Rd
10/11/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Crete Township Fire Protection District, 26730 S. Stoney Island Ave
How to donate blood: Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.