Hinsdale – Blood and platelet donors who donate in January to the Adventist Lab Partners Blood Center’s month-long blood drive at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital will be eligible to win a global positioning system and six $50 gas cards.
Donor recruiter Janice Rosacrans said without blood donors, people with urgent needs for transfusions could die, but one of the best reasons to donate to the blood center at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is that the donated blood benefits people in the community.
“I have donated 78 pints of whole blood to the blood center in the last 15 years,” said Naperville resident Charles Sexton. “I initially came to the center hoping to be a platelet match for a cousin suffering from cancer.”
Sexton said after that donation he immediately made a commitment to return. It was something he could do easily and has been doing it ever since.
Cheryl Abate, who has donated platelets on more than 175 occasions at the blood center, said she began donating whole blood more than 30 years ago and switched to platelet donation 10 years later when she learned of the high demand for it.
“I can donate platelets more often than whole blood – every three weeks as opposed to eight – but it does take a little longer, about 45 minutes,” said the 58-year-old Downers Grove resident. “Knowing I’ve helped someone means so much to me. And it doesn’t cost anything except my time.”
The blood center ensures that blood products are immediately available to meet patients’ transfusion needs, giving Adventist Midwest Health an advantage over an outside blood service that cannot always meet emergency needs. Adventist Lab Partners Blood Center generally receives enough donations to supply about 20 percent of its transfusion need; a local non-profit blood center serves the remainder.
“Blood cannot be manufactured,” said Rosacrans. “So I hope the January blood drive will not only attract new donors but also inspire renewed interest from people who once donated.”
Adventist Lab Partners Blood Center is located in Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, 121 N. Elm Street, level B2. For more information, call (630) 856-7837.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.