October is Liver Awareness Month
During Liver Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood and platelets to support liver transplant patients and others needing blood products.
Liver transplants are the second most common type of transplant with more than 6,000 performed in the U.S. each year, according to the American Liver Foundation. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery.
To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
10/7/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Cissna Park Elementary/Jr. High School, 511 N. Second
10/1/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
10/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.
10/8/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
10/15/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
10/6/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive
10/15/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Farmer's Market/Dearborn Square, S Schyuler Avenue & E Merchant Street
10/5/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Church of God, 535 S Bowman Ave
10/7/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Watchfire Signs, 1015 Maple St
10/7/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., CrossRoads Christian Church, 3613 North Vermilion Street