Blood and Platelet Donors Needed Before the Holiday Weekend to assist Houston area and meet local blood needs

The Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) is asking healthy individuals to donate blood this week to help sustain the blood supply both locally and to aid in assisting blood centers in Texas.  “The country needs to rally together and go donate at their local blood center. We will all be helping to assist the Texas blood centers affected by the disaster along with needing to keep our local hospitals stocked for a busy three day weekend,” said Jennifer Bowman, spokesperson for RRVBC.

Donating blood is safe and simple.  You are most likely able to donate if you are at least 17 years old (16 year olds may donate with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health.  Persons taking medications are not necessarily disqualified.

There are four community donor centers throughout the area (Belvidere, Freeport, Rockford) as well as many mobile blood drives.  Log on to  www.rrvbc.org for hours, directions and mobile blood drive schedules.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center serves as a centralized, community blood center and is the sole provider of blood products and services to Beloit Health Systems, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN, Mercyhealth Hospital—Rockton Ave., OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, SwedishAmerican Health System and SwedishAmerican Medical Center—Belvidere.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, please call toll free 877-RRVBC-99 or find RRVBC on the web at  www.rrvbc.org.

Contact:
Jennifer M. Bowman
Public Relations and Marketing Manager
Rock River Valley Blood Center
815-961-2343 direct
jbowman@rrvbc.org

Blood Donors Needed Before the July 4th Holiday!

To ensure an adequate summer blood supply, Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) is asking healthy individuals to donate blood leading up to the July 4th Holiday. Both Whole Blood and Platelet Donors are Needed. ALL BLOOD TYPES ARE NEEDED. “The Fourth of July is always a challenge. We will be closed on the holiday and many of our donors are traveling or busy spending long weekends with family and friends.  Our hospitals and trauma centers often have increased traffic and patient blood use during the summer. The blood must be ready to go when the calls come in, but we can’t do it without blood donors, “said Jennifer Bowman, PR/Marketing Manager.  Don’t forget:  RRVBC offers a free Medium Drink and Fry ON MONDAYS, from McDonald’s.

Donating blood is safe and simple.  You are most likely able to donate if you are at least 17 years old (16 year olds may donate with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health.  Persons taking medications are not necessarily disqualified.

There are four community donor centers throughout the area (Belvidere, Freeport, Rockford) as well as many mobile blood drives.  Log on to www.rrvbc.org for hours, directions and mobile blood drive schedules.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center serves as a centralized, community blood center and is the sole provider of blood products and services to Beloit Memorial Hospital, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN, Mercyhealth Rockford, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, SwedishAmerican Health System and SwedishAmerican Medical Center—Belvidere. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, please call toll free 877-RRVBC-99 or find RRVBC on the web at www.rrvbc.org.

Urgent Call for O Negative Blood Donors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Urgent Call for O Negative Blood Donors

An immediate appeal is being issued for all O Negative blood donors to donate as soon as possible.

The supply of O Negative blood has reached extremely low levels due to high usage in area hospitals. Usage over the Memorial Day holiday depleted the supply completely.

Donating blood is safe and simple.  You are most likely able to donate if you are at least 17 years old (16 year olds may donate with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health.  Persons taking medications are not necessarily disqualified.

There are four community donor centers throughout the area (Belvidere, Freeport, Rockford) as well as many mobile blood drives.  Log on to www.rrvbc.org for hours, directions and mobile blood drive schedules.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center serves as a centralized, community blood center and is the sole provider of blood products and services to Beloit Memorial Hospital, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Mercyhealth Rockford, SwedishAmerican Health System and SwedishAmerican Medical Center—Belvidere. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, please call toll free 877-RRVBC-99 or find RRVBC on the web at www.rrvbc.org.

 

 

Contact:

Jennifer M. Bowman

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Rock River Valley Blood Center

815-961-2343 direct

jbowman@rrvbc.org

McDonald’s Mondays are Back at RRVBC this Summer

Beginning Monday, June 5 and running through August 28, 2017, area blood donors will receive a coupon for a Free Medium Fry and Free Medium Beverage from participating McDonald’s when they donate at a donor center or blood drive on a Monday!! Once again, area McDonald’s have partnered with Rock River Valley Blood Center to offer a token of gratitude to summertime blood donors. “We’re very happy to continue to be a part of the great work RRVBC does in the community,” remarked Guy Bucciferro, McDonald’s Owner/Operator.

“We are so excited to continue our partnership with the locally owned and operated McDonald’s. Mondays are a challenge no matter the time of year, but they are especially challenging during the summer months, it’s a great way for us to remind the community about the importance of a stable and adequate blood supply,” said Jennifer Bowman spokesperson for RRVBC.

Log on to www.rrvbc.org for hours, directions and mobile blood drive schedules.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center serves as a centralized, community blood center and is the sole provider of blood products and services to Beloit Health System, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Mercyhealth Rockford, SwedishAmerican Health System and SwedishAmerican Medical Center—Belvidere. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, please call toll free 877-RRVBC-99 or find RRVBC on the web at www.rrvbc.org.

Keep up to date by following us on Facebook and Twitter!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rock-River-Valley-Blood-Center/139690108057
https://twitter.com/#!/RRVBC

 

Rock River Valley Blood Center Making Urgent Call for Donors Before and After Holiday Weekend

Monday, May 22, 2017—The Rock River Valley Blood Center is asking healthy individuals to donate blood or platelets either before or after the Memorial Day weekend.  Due to slow donor traffic, there is a great need for All Blood Types and Platelets.  Donors can donate at any of RRVBC’s four locations or at a mobile blood drive.  For a detailed list of blood drives and donor center hours and locations, please visit www.rrvbc.org.

Donating blood is safe and simple.  You are most likely able to donate if you are at least 17 years old (16 year olds may donate with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health.  Persons taking medications are not necessarily disqualified.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center serves as a centralized, community blood center and is the sole provider of blood products and services to Beloit Health System, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Mercyhealth Rockford, SwedishAmerican Health System and SwedishAmerican Medical Center—Belvidere.  For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, please call toll free 877-RRVBC-99 or find RRVBC on the web at www.rrvbc.org.

Keep up to date with RRVBC on Facebook and Twitter.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rock-River-Valley-Blood-Center/139690108057

https://twitter.com/#!/RRVBC

Contact:
Jennifer M. Bowman

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Rock River Valley Blood Center

815-961-2343 direct

jbowman@rrvbc.org

ROCKFORD FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS KICK OFF ANNUAL “BATTLE OF THE BADGES” BLOOD DRIVE CHALLENGE

The Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) will launch the 2017 weeklong “Battle of the Badges” challenge between the Rockford Fire and Police Departments on Monday, June 5th. Donors can donate Mon-Thu (6/5-6/8) at either of the RRVBC Donor Centers in Rockford, 419 N. Sixth St. or 3065 N. Perryville Rd. and pick which department to credit their donation to. Special edition t-shirts will be given to all those that register to give blood on behalf of the fire or police departments, while supplies last. The challenge will continue on through Friday, June 9th with a blood drive at the City of Rockford Wellness Center, 120 N. 3rd Street 10am-3pm. RRVBC will track donations, and the challenge will culminate with the winning department choosing to put someone from the department in a dunk tank at the blood drive at approximately 1:15pm on Friday.

“Battle of the Badges is a joint effort to heighten awareness about the need for blood donations, and to assist the Rock River Valley Blood Center in maintaining an adequate supply throughout the summer months. Hectic summer schedules and travel take their toll on the blood supply. We are so grateful to the police and fire unions that have donated the tshirts for this event and helping to make it a big success,” stated Jennifer Bowman, RRVBC, PR & Marketing Manager.

Timeline for Friday, June 9, 2017 (estimated)
9:30am – Blood Bus Arrives
10:00am – Blood Donations Begin, 15th & Chris Food Truck Arrives
12:00pm – 95.3 The Bull w/ Steve Summers Arrives
1:00pm – Mayor Announces Winning Department & Awards Trophy, 15th & Chris Departs
1:15-1:30pm – Chief is Dunked (dunk tank)
2:00pm – 95.3 The Bull Departs
3:00pm – End of Blood Drive

The Rock River Valley Blood Center serves as a centralized, community blood center and is the only provider of blood products and services to Beloit Health System, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Mercyhealth Rockford, SwedishAmerican Health System and SwedishAmerican Medical Center—Belvidere. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, please call toll free 877-RRVBC-99 or find RRVBC on the web at www.rrvbc.org. https://donor.rrvbc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/32131

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Announcing the 14th Annual Red Shoe Run—For Donor Awareness Saturday, April 8, 2017

 

Rockford, IL—The 14th Annual Red Shoe Run—For Donor Awareness is being presented by Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network and will take place Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at Northern Illinois University—Rockford. This 5K run/fitness walk began in 2004 to increase awareness about the lifesaving need for organ, tissue, eye, blood and marrow cell donations and raise funds to sustain those efforts in the community. Every dollar pledged brings us closer to our goal of helping every patient find their lifesaving match. Over 1,000 runners and walkers participate on this crisp April morning to pay tribute to donors who give life and treatment to thousands of patients every day. Go to www.RedShoeRun.org for more information, to volunteer, register to participate or pledge

Race time is 8:00am sharp! The walk begins at 8:10am. Pre-registration packet pick up will be held at Rock River Valley Blood Center, 419 North Sixth Street on Thursday, April 6, from 6:30am-6:00pm and Friday, April 7, from 6:30am-9:30am.

Prizes awarded in 17 different age divisions. The first 800 registered will receive a special edition event shirt.

Medical technology has given us the treatment for formerly incurable diseases, but for too many, there is no donor to help them. Help us change that!

Special thanks to the following sponsors: DaVita Dialysis, KishHealth System, MercyHealth, Rockford Nephrology Associates and Stillman Bank.

Contacts:
Julie Tilbury, jtilbury@rrvbc.org, 630-546-4727
Jennifer Bowman, jbowman@rrvbc.org, 815-961-2343

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 Straight from the Heart Donor Day with Rockford’s Country Q98.5, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall and First Northern Credit Union Host

Saturday, Feb. 11, from 8:00am to 3:00pm, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall, First Northern Credit Union and Q98.5 will host a blood and marrow drive. All blood types are needed. If you are between the ages of 18-44 you can also join the Be The Match® Registry while you are there. The event takes place inside the showroom at Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall.

“We are so pleased to be able to carry on this wonderful event. This has become an annual event that the blood center really counts on, and I am happy to welcome them to Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of,” says General Manager, George Schaffner of Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall.

Q98.5’s Q Crew will be broadcasting live from 10am-2pm. There will be event t-shirts for donors while supplies last. All donors will receive a coupon for a free pizza from Papa John’s. Attendees can also register to win Travis Tritt Tickets!

The Rock River Valley Blood Center serves as a centralized, community blood center and is the only provider of blood products and services to Beloit Health System, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, Freeport Health Network, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Rockford Health System, SwedishAmerican Hospital and SwedishAmerican Medical Center—Belvidere.

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