Members of the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers (ICCBC) from across the state are urging Illinois residents to make an appointment to donate blood prior to the Labor Day weekend. The need for blood does not take a holiday, yet blood donations typically decline during the summer months, due because of vacations, weekend activities and busy lifestyles. Also, hospitals often experience increased blood usage over holiday weekends.
The ICCBC is a statewide organization of community blood centers, governed by local volunteers and dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of voluntary blood donation through advocacy and public education.
People who need blood every day include automobile accident victims, burn victims and surgery patients. Many modern medical advances, such as organ transplants and effective cancer therapies, would not be possible without generous blood donors. As additional donor restrictions are implemented and the population ages, the United States loses willing donors.
Patients depend on lifesaving blood transfusions every two seconds across the United States, and that need is here in Illinois as well, says Linda Gerber, ICCBC president. We depend on the generosity of volunteers to give a part of themselves. People who donate blood do so merely to help those in need; their reward is a life saved.
The Rock River Valley Blood Center in Rockford is a member of the ICCBC.
from the Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2007, issue