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Northwestern Medicine - Cancer Awareness Campaign

Giving the Gift of Hope from One Family to Another

A special gift to honor our childhood patients during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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Versiti Blood Center of Illinois
Email 800-776-4483

Donate blood, host a blood drive and help raise awareness of the need for blood for families of childhood cancer patients

From a thoughtful donation to a thankful transfusion, blood is a precious gift—especially to families like yours with kids being treated for cancer and/or receiving blood transfusion. A pint of blood generously donated by a fellow community member means the whole world to the patient who receives it. There is no substitute for blood, and currently only 5% of people who are eligible to donate blood actually do.

Due to COVID-19, Versiti has seen more than 4,000 blood drives canceled—that’s an estimated loss of more than 130,000 units of blood. But the need for blood never ends. We count on community members and locations such as churches, school, community centers and businesses to come together each day to help us ensure the blood is when and where it is needed most.

If you’re able, we encourage you to share this invaluable gift with other local families by giving blood at a Versiti donor center or community blood drive – or even hosting a drive yourself. There are lots of ways you can ensure patients in your community have the blood they need, when they need it:

Together as one family, we can help make blood the gift that keeps on giving.

  1. Make an appointment to donate blood at your local Versiti Blood Center or a mobile blood drive in your community.
  2. Hosting a blood drive in honor of your loved one. Learn more.
  3. Raise awareness of the need for blood on social media. Take a photo of your loved one in their shirt included in this package and tag it on social with #pintsforhope. Help our community see the beautiful faces of who their donations help!

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Linkin Eger

Nine-year old Linkin Eger is no stranger to the up-hill battle with cancer, but blood donors have provided precious gifts to help Linkin thrive.

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Elodie Ontala

Born with sickle cell disease, Elodie has stayed strong and active thanks to the generosity of blood donors.

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Misty Welch, and her family holding a picture of baby Dalton.

Misty Welch

Versiti Blood Center of Indiana’s Misty Welch had always wanted a son and when she was expecting a baby boy, it was a dream come true. However, their dream quickly turned into a nightmare. Read her story.

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