Spring into action for patients in need


With the arrival of spring comes sunnier days, warmer temperatures and a chance at a fresh start. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make blood donation part of their spring ritual and help support patients like 5-year-old Nathan Pennington. 

In April of last year, Nathan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called medulloblastoma. Nathan has received several blood product transfusions to help sustain his life following surgery to remove the tumor and currently receives periodic platelet transfusions as he continues his recovery. 

“Nathan wouldn’t be here without lifesaving blood donors – it’s as simple as that,” said Corey Pennington, Nathan’s father. “Our family will always be grateful to all the blood donors who make sure patients like Nathan have the blood they need.” 

Make a difference this spring by rolling up a sleeve for patients in need. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 

Cook County 

April 17 from 3-8 p.m. at DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness Center, 2235 N. Sheffield in Chicago, Ill. 

April 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan in Chicago, Ill. 

April 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2200 W. Harrison St. in Chicago, Ill. 

April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hebron Presbyterian Church, 511 Schoenbeck Road in Prospect Heights, Ill. 

April 21 from 1-6 p.m. at Loyola University - Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson in Chicago, Ill. 

April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Chicago Hines, 303 E. Wacker in Chicago, Ill. 

April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University of Chicago Red Cross Club, 1100 E. 57th St. in Chicago, Ill. 

April 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rush University Medical Center Armour Academic Facility, 600 S. Paulina in Chicago, Ill. 

April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University of Chicago Red Cross Club, 1100 E. 57th St. in Chicago, Ill. 

April 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave. in Evanston, Ill. 

April 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave. in Evanston, Ill. 

April 25 from 12-5 p.m. at South Campus Quads, 2300 N. Seminary in Chicago, Ill. 

April 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills, Ill. 

April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Ill. 

April 28 from 6-9 p.m. at North Star Lodge, 809 E. 42nd Place in Chicago, Ill. 

April 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at DePaul University, 2300 N. Seminary in Chicago, Ill. 

April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ozinga Chapel, 6601 W. College Drive in Palos Heights, Ill. 

April 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill. 

April 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill. 

 

Du Page County 

April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sant Nirankari Mission, 1 South 772 and South 750, Route 59 in Warrenville, Ill. 

 

Grundy County 

April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grundy County Health Department, 1320 Union St. in Morris, Ill. 

 

Kankakee County 

April 17 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

April 24 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

April 28 from 2-6 p.m. at Momence Fire Department, 15 N. Pine in Momence, Ill. 

April 30 from 3-6 p.m. at Moose Lodge, 730 N. Kinzie Ave in Bradley, Ill. 

 

Lake County 

April 16 from 12-5 p.m. at Rosalind Franklin University Health & Sciences, 3333 Greenbay Road in North Chicago, Ill. 

April 26 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 411 N. Oplaine Road in Gurnee, Ill. 

 

How to donate blood: Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.