Saturday, February 9, 2013 - Straight from the Heart Donor Day with Rockford’s Country Q98.5, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall and First Northern Credit Union Host

Blood, Marrow, Organ/Tissue Drive with Rock River Valley Blood Center

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Rockford, IL (PRWEB) January 30, 2013

Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7:30am to 3:30pm, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall, First Northern Credit Union and Q98.5 will host a blood and marrow drive. This annual event is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging blood and marrow, organ and tissue, donation. 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 special edition, souvenir t-shirts and other prizes while supplies last. There will be food throughout the day. Attendees can also register to win assorted prizes including tickets to Country Thunder in July.

Attendees will also be able to meet with representatives from UIC’s College of Pharmacy and receive assorted health screenings. The Winnebago County Safe Kids Coalition will be offering car seat safety checks onsite as well. Circle of Wellness will be on hand providing chair massages for donors.

The need for donation is significant:

  •     Each day, approximately 40,000 units of blood are needed to save the lives of thousands of Americans
  •     Nearly 98,000 people in the United States are waiting for life-saving organ transplants.
  •     Approximately 38,000 patients each year are diagnosed with leukemia or other blood diseases that are potentially treatable with marrow cell transplants – but just one in three will find a donor match within their family.

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, Mercy Harvard Hospital, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Rockford Health System, SwedishAmerican Hospital and SwedishAmerican Medical Center—Belvidere.


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