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September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Save a Life, Donate Blood!

Aurora, IL – August 29, 2017

Heartland is the Leading Provider of Donated Blood for Chicago-area Hospitals

Aurora, IL (August 29, 2017) - Heartland Blood Centers, the leading supplier of donated blood to more than 70 Chicago- area hospitals, announced its support of September National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Sickle Cell Awareness Month has been recognized by the federal government since 1983, to bring attention to sickle cell disease, a genetically inherited blood disorder, which affects approximately 100,000 Americans.

In 2015, Heartland Blood Centers launched the Red is Life program to create awareness, education and action within the Greater Chicagoland area about blood donation in underrepresented communities. Studies have shown that blood donated from someone of the same ethnicity as the patient reduces the risk of complications during transfusion. In patients who receive multiple blood transfusions, donor patient compatibility is crucial as transfusion related complications can lead to organ failure and even death.

Heartland is kicking off September with a blood drive held at the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois' office on Friday September 1st. TaLana Hughes, Executive Director of SCDAI said, "I'm acutely aware of the need for blood donations in the treatment of sickle cell disease, blood donors have the ability to increase the quality of life of those affected by this disease and we hope many will heed our call to donate."

Throughout the month of September, a number of organizations have chosen to partner with Heartland in support of this disease that affects so many people. Heartland Blood Centers urges all ethnicities to donate on behalf of those in your communities that are in need. Donate at one of the Red is Life Blood Drives listed below or find a center or mobile drive near you.

Friday 1st

  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois - Chicago IL
  • Navistar - Joliet IL

Saturday 2nd

  • North Central Region Sai Conference and Retreat - Ingleside, IL

Wednesday 6th

  • Northeastern Illinois University - Chicago, IL
  • Dyer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center - Dyer, IN

Friday 8th

  • Midwestern Career College - Blue Island, IL
  • Plainfield High School - Plainfield, IL

Saturday 9th

  • Rainbow Push Coalition - Chicago IL
  • Crete Masonic Lodge - Crete, IL
  • Paul Lutheran Church - Matteson, IL

Sunday 10th

  • Democratic Party of McHenry County - Woodstock, IL

Monday 11th

  • Northeastern Illinois University - Chicago, IL
  • National University of Health Sciences - Lombard, IL


  • Harold Washington College - Chicago, IL
  • Mooseheart High School - Mooseheart, IL
  • Plano High School - Plano, IL


  • Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital - Geneva, IL
  • Leo Catholic High School - Chicago, IL
  • West Aurora High School - Aurora, IL

Thursday 14th  

  • The Chicago High School for the Arts - Chicago, IL

Friday 15th

  • Bloom High School - Chicago Heights, IL

Sunday 17th

  • Harmony Community Church - Chicago, IL

Monday 18th

  • Stevenson North Complex - DeKalb, IL
  • University of St. Francis C.O.N. - Joliet, IL

Wednesday 20th

  • Lincoln Tech Group School - Melrose Park, IL
  • ROTC - DeKalb, IL

Thursday 21st

  • Midwestern University - Downers Grove, IL
  • Franciscan St. Margaret Health - Dyer, IN
  • ndian Trail Middle School - Plainfield, IL

Friday 22nd

  • Calumet High School - Gary, IN
  • Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center - Joliet, IL

Saturday 23rd

  • NAACP Kankakee County Branch - Kankakee, IL

Monday 25th

  • Rush Copley Medical Center - Aurora, IL

Tuesday 26th

  • Chicago State University - Chicago, IL
  • Malcolm X College - Chicago, IL
  • Truman College - Chicago, IL

Wednesday 27th

  • Kishwaukee College - Malta, IL
  • Community Hospital - Munster, IN
  • Silver Cross Hospital - New Lenox, IL
  • Plainfield East High School - Plainfield, IL

Thursday 28th

  • Joliet West High School - Joliet, IL

Friday 29th

  • Oswego High School - Oswego, IL

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