Sunday, December 5

The River Valley Region of The American Red Cross serves Counties in 3 States. Donate Now! We need you more than ever. 1- (502) 540-7001

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My Health Test Reminder
Strictly Confidential. Remember, you can donate Whole Blood every 56 days.

The Gift of Life
'I don't know his name, but if he's alive, it's because of my stem cells'  click here for more

Transcript of Bill O’Reilly Interview With Chuck Connor, Senior Vice President of the American Red Cross  click here for more
The Red Cross and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agree that the nation's blood supply is safer today than it has ever been in our nation's history.

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Holiday Heroes are needed!
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The American Red Cross Responds!
The Red Cross Has Assisted 55,000 Families; Distributed $643 Million to Help Those Directly Affected; and Continues to Aid Those in Need


Blood Safety and Availability
(leukoreduction, mad cow disease, etc.)



Holiday Heroes Help When They’re Needed The Most

Louisville Donorama is the region’s biggest Holiday Hero Blood Drive.

People who give blood consistently know how good it feels to help others. Most donors will say, however, that it means just a little bit more to give when you know there’s a particular need. That’s why more people come out and donate whenever blood supplies reach a critical state. History tells us that the blood supply runs perilously low around the holidays. So why wait until it’s critical before donating?

For this reason, the American Red Cross established Holiday Hero blood drives. These are blood drives held near major holidays to offset the drop in donations our region experiences on those holidays. Many people are so busy making plans and enjoying the holidays that they don’t make time to give blood. But patients who need blood transfusions cannot take a holiday. Cancer, accidents, and surgeries won’t wait. That’s why we ask sponsors to host blood drives, and why we ask donors to donate blood near the major holidays of Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.

As you might expect, the period of December and early January is home to many Holiday Hero blood drives, including the biggest blood drive of the year, the 26th Annual Donorama in Louisville on December 28th & 29th at Executive West Hotel. For a complete list of all the Holiday Hero blood drives in the River Valley Region, click here.

“ARC 1” Makes Its Debut with New Slogan and Graphics

New blood collection vehicle costs less, offers more flexibility than buses.

On Wednesday, October 20th, American Red Cross Blood Services unveiled a new vehicle for collecting blood in the River Valley Region. The truck-and-trailer combo, which employees have nicknamed “ARC 1” for American Red Cross One, is the first of three planned for the region. Faced with an aging bus fleet, Red Cross senior management decided to explore new vehicle options for cost efficiency and operations flexibility. The truck-and-trailer combos cost about half of what a new bus would cost, and allows for increased flexibility when it comes to holding blood drives. To read the complete story, click here.

Earn Your Angel Wings This Season and Ride the Polar Express

Award-winning Polar Express children’s books have all been given out.

American Red Cross Apheresis (Platelet) Centers are conducting a special Angels for Life holiday promotion through January 15, 2005. Visitors to any American Red Cross platelet donation center in the River Valley Region can qualify for special incentives for multiple donations. Here’s how the promotion works:

· On your first visit, earn an Angels for Life ink pen and a red heart on the Angels for Life banner at the Red Cross.

On your second visit, you’ll earn an Angels for Life t-shirt and an angel wing on the banner.

· On your third visit, you’ll earn a free copy of the award-winning children’s book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg, now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks. You’ll also become an Angel 1st Class by earning a second angel wing. Please note: A whole sky full of angels has responded to this promotion. We apologize, but we no longer have the premium gift The Polar Express books due to the overwhelming response. You may still enter into the drawing for the gold heart pendants on your fourth visit.

· On your fourth visit, become an Angel with a Heart of Gold by earning a gold sticker to place over your heart on the banner. Plus, you’ll be entered into a random drawing for one of three 14-carat-gold heart pendants.

Be one of our Angels for Life and save others’ lives this holiday season by giving platelets. The Polar Express movie is in theaters now. For more information, click here. For official rules click here. Sponsored by the American Red Cross and Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

Apheresis Manager Doug Whoberry presents Dorothy Buchanan of Louisville with the Grand Prize – a $500 gas card courtesy of Speedway.

Apheresis Gas Giveaway Winners Announced

Speedway/Marathon Steps Up To Save Lives by Encouraging Platelet Donations.

The American Red Cross and Speedway recently wrapped up a three-month promotion offering free Speedway gasoline to people who donated platelets three times or more at an American Red Cross Apheresis Center. More than 500 donations qualified for free gas cards.

The Grand Prize Winner of $500 in free gas is Dorothy Buchanan of the Lyndon neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. Dorothy donated platelets in Louisville seven times during the promotion.

Three Second Prize winners were drawn:
$150 in free gas goes to Paul Roth, who donated in Louisville.
$150 in free gas goes to Shirley Smith, who donated in Evansville.
$150 in free gas goes to Grace Barany, who donated in Elizabethtown.

In all, $5 gas cards were awarded to 277 people who donated three times. $10 gas cards were awarded to 147 people who donated four times. $15 dollar gas cards were awarded to 96 people who donated at least five times. The grand and second prize winners were randomly drawn from the people who donated five times. These listed totals do not include people who attempted, but were disqualified from donating for some reason. Those folks who were deferred on their third, fourth, or fifth visit still received gas cards.

A special thank you goes out to Speedway and Marathon for donating more than $6,000 in free gasoline. Their generosity ensured an increase in platelet donations that helped save hundreds of lives in July, August, and September. Their example is an inspiration to all companies wishing to make an impact in the communities they serve.

Donate Blood
Donate in 4 Simple Steps!

1: Register or Log in with your email and date of Birth
2: Enter your info or edit existing info
3: Select a location where you would like to donate. You can look by zip code, or city, or by radius from a zip code!
4:Select an appointment time.

That's it! You will recieve an email confirmation of your appointment.

To be a blood donor, you must be 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. You can donate blood once every 56 days. Please bring identification. Public information: (502) 540-7000.

William Harvey

  It is difficult for us to understand the impact that Harvey’s discovery of the circulation of the blood had on the minds of his contemporaries. We are so used to the simple idea of the heart acting as a pump, from which blood circulates around the body. Using items from the Royal College of Physicians collections this exhibition provides a unique insight into Harvey’s discovery, his relationship with the College and the importance and influence of his discovery to the present day.

The Top Ten Reasons to Donate Blood.

These reasons may inspire you to Give the Gift of Life!

Blood History

A Kentucky Pioneer in Blood Transfusion. Bertram Bernheim was one of the leading pioneers in the field of blood surgery and transfusion.

Simple acts of sharing are changing more lives.

Lives are Changed this year because of Organ and Tissue donors.

Donate Blood Now

We need donors across the region to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, which means it constantly needs to be replenished. Donors can give blood every 56 days, or six times a year. The American Red Cross strives to maintain a 3-day supply of blood to be prepared for an unexpected events. Although we have emerged from the critical stage in our region, we still are short of our 3-day blood supply. And each donor makes a difference. More than 38,000 blood donations are used every day in the United States to help save the lives of cancer patients, accident victims, children with blood disorders, among others. Blood donations can be transported and used to help those in need of blood in communities nationwide. Our goal is to ensure that blood is readily available to patients whenever and wherever it is needed because it is the blood on the shelves that saves lives. Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood and just one unit of blood can help save as many as three lives. “The Red Cross is an organization that responds to those in need and it is an honor to help them with the lifesaving role they play everyday in communities nationwide," said blood donor Peyton Manning, star quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.

All about blood

Donors' willingness to provide lifelines for those in need is not in vain.

How much blood is needed?

Modern medicine has made complex and life-saving surgeries possible. However, without a safe and plentiful supply of blood, no one would benefit from these advances. It is easy to see, with this CHART, that every donation counts!

The Basics of Giving Blood

Blood can be donated every 56 days, up to 6 times per year. Blood donors are asked to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE between the hours of 8:00am and 8:30pm EST to make an appointment to donate. Blood donors must be age 17 or over, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health. For information on mobile blood drives open to the public, click here. For information on our fixed blood centers, click here. To learn more about the River Valley Blood Services region, click here.

Are you hesitant to donate?

Perhaps you should look at these top ten reasons.

The Gift of Life. Stories.

Have you thought recently about who actually recieves the blood you donate?
Here are a few people you have helped! (Broadband connection and Flash 6 plugin required) more...
See Lindsey, Nathan, Victor and more. They all want to say thanks!  more...

Blood is a life force within our bodies.

It can also travel outside the body from one individual to another -- safely and efficiently. From creation to donation to transfusion, follow a unit of blood on a journey that moves from blood history, blood basics, Inovators and Pioneers, Education and an Ask the Experts section. This very informative website has a thorough and in depth discussion and explanation of This, The "Red Gold". News

The global source for hematology education, practice and research.

Blood Services

Want to know more about what to expect when giving blood?
View our excellent online presentation.
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Blood collection has come a long way from early origins. Today with modern technology and top notch professionals we have refined the art.

Since establishing the first civilian blood service after World War II, the American Red Cross has been a leader in blood collection, safety and development. Today, the safety and availability of the blood supply is our highest priority. And our national research center, the Jerome H. Holland Laboratory, is one of the foremost blood research facilities in the world.              

Having provided comfort and aid to those in need since 1881, the Red Cross quickly adopted Blood Services as a fundamental part of its humanitarian mission. Started as a war relief effort to provide life-saving blood for soldiers during World War II, Red Cross Blood Services has grown to become an industry leader — collecting and distributing half the nation's blood supply.

All the technology and science, however, is only made possible by one simple selfless act: An average person takes time out of his busy schedule to give a piece of himself so that someone he will never know has a chance to live. This incredible act of kindness,
allows a stranger to celebrate another birthday, give birth to a child, or share another Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, is at the heart of what we do.


Today's Red Cross blood program is the legacy of Dr. Charles Drew, a hematologist, surgeon, educator and scientist whose pioneering work in blood collection, plasma processing and transfusion therapy laid the foundation for modern blood banking.


To all the volunteer blood donors, we thank you on behalf of the lives of those patients you have saved, and all their grateful loved ones. You are the true definition of a hero.



Donate Now

We need you more than ever

1-(502) 540-7001