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Jessica’s Story

‘He’s my little miracle’ Plainfield woman’s premature son alive today in part because of blood, platelet transfusions   Jessica Love was 22 weeks into her first pregnancy and had just returned from a doctor’s appointment with a report that she … Continue reading

Lawrence Matthews Jr

Blood Drive Held in Honor of Fallen Dolton Firefighter In his brief — but nonetheless impactful — life, Lawrence Matthews Jr. had two main passions. “He was passionate about his family and helping others,” said Rachel Matthews, Lawrence’s wife of … Continue reading

Andy’s Story

Donor shows passion for blood giving during graduation ceremony ————————————————————————————————————————————— The red cords Andy Kopca had draped around his neck on graduation day couldn’t help but make him stand out in the sea of blue caps and gowns at Romeoville … Continue reading

The donor — Elsa Fischer

‘I just think of it as helping out a friend’ Organ donor Elsa Fischer discusses donating a kidney to her childhood friend ——————————————————————————————————————————————- The following is the third in a three-part series related to kidney and pancreas transplant recipient Michelle … Continue reading

The recipient’s daughter — Kathleen Meyer

A daughter’s perspective LifeSource’s Kathleen Meyer shares her story of growing up with a mother in need of an organ transplant ——————————————————————————————————————————————- The following is the second in a three-part series related to kidney and pancreas transplant recipient Michelle Bejbl … Continue reading

Sophia’s story

“Losing is not an option.” That is the mindset of Sophia Trujillo, 7,  as she battles aplastic anemia, an extremely rare and potentially life-threatening condition in which one’s body stops producing enough new blood cells. “Her strength and positive attitude … Continue reading

If I donate, will my cord blood be banked?

Public cord blood banks, that list cord blood on the international registry, adhere to specific and rigorous regulations developed by multiple sources such as the FDA and the National Marrow Donor Program. These guidelines are a set of quality standards … Continue reading

Donor Programs

  LifeSource offers several special programs that give donors the opportunity to maximize their donation experience.   Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia. For many patients, a bone marrow transplant is their only chance … Continue reading

Donation Process

  Donating blood is safe and simple, but there are differences in the donation process depending on the type of donation. Each donation type follows specific guidelines that ensure the quality of the product being drawn, the comfort of the … Continue reading