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Blood Systems announced Sept. 24 that its 10 blood center brands, research institute and specialty laboratory will unite as Vitalant.
Blood donors are strongly encouraged to give in the coming days to help build up the blood supply as winter weather systems and cold and flu season continue to severely impact donations.
Nancy made donation No. 75 in March.
Chicago native received a life-saving heart transplant in 2014
Cy received 15 red blood cell and six platelet transfusions in 2014 as he battled cancerous tumors throughout his brain and spin.
Lombard man who underwent brain surgery as a child commits to pay it forward through blood donation
"You never know when you'll need the life-saving gift of blood that can come from area donors." - Shakara
Plainfield woman’s premature son alive today in part because of blood, platelet transfusions
Chicago woman says donating her son's cord blood was a 'no-brainer'
Sophia, 7, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in 2014. She recently underwent a clinical procedure at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland in which stem cells from her mother were combined with donor cells after finding a bone marrow donor proved unsuccessful because of her racial makeup.
Michael's family poses for a recent family photo.
Ethan spent the winter and spring volunteering at Vitalant's Schaumburg Community Donation Center.
Gwendolyn needed 30 units of blood to help her survive cancer, heart failure, multiple cardiac surgeries, a left ventricular assist device and a heart transplant.
Ed required 12 units of blood and four pints of plasma after he sustained internal bleeding from the blood thinners he was taking.
Jane needed seven units of blood in 2015 to recover from an illness in which her bone marrow stopped producing red blood cells.
Matt has been a frequent donor since his wife needed two pints of blood after she suffered a postpartum hemorrhage after giving birth to twins in 2003.
Kylia received more than two dozen blood and platelet transfusions to fight rare cancer.
Lawrence Matthews Jr. was a Dolton firefighter and also a heart transplant recipient.
Lauren joined the Be The Match registry in 2010 and four years later learned she was a match for a patient in Spain.
Carter needed 42 units of platelets and 36 units of red blood cells while battling acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal, immature cells.
Kristina Edgeworth is pictured with her husband, Kevin, and daughter, Violet, in 2014. Kristina needed 13 pints of blood and platelets after she suffered postpartum hemorrhaging.