McHenry man makes first blood donation
Give an assist to the Chicago Blackhawks for helping George Arvanitis join the ranks of the blood donors.
The 30-year-old McHenry resident had long contemplated donating blood, but it was not until a LifeSource promotion with the Chicago Blackhawks that George rolled up his sleeve and become a blood donor.
With a need for blood donors the first few days of the New Year, LifeSource held a promotion on Jan. 2-3 in which participating donors would be entered into a random drawing to win a pair of tickets to a Blackhawks game by donating either day.
“I work at a high school so there are a lot of blood drives, but the timing for me to donate has never worked out,” George said. “I’m a huge Hawks fan and when I saw on my Facebook feed they posted about the promotion [on Jan. 2-3] with LifeSource, I thought the timing was the perfect since I was off on winter break.”
Clad in his Patrick Kane jersey, George made his way to the community donor center in Crystal Lake on Jan. 2 to donate a pint of blood.
“Patrick Kane is probably my favorite player so I figured I’d show my Blackhawks pride while I donated blood,” George said.
George scheduled his appointment online at www.Lifesource.org, and said the entire process, including the blood donation, was “very straight forward.”
“The staff explained to me exactly what was happening,” George said. “I was kept very well-informed during the blood donation.”
Making the experience even better for George was having his name selected in the drawing to win the Blackhawks tickets. He is looking forward to March 23 when he will make his way to the United Center to see the Hawks take the ice against the Dallas Stars.
“I usually try to go to at least one Hawks game a year but I hadn’t been there yet this season,” George said. “I was talking with a friend about possibly going to the Dallas game and then I ended up winning the tickets. It worked out perfectly.”
The donation went so well that George intends on becoming a regular blood donor with LifeSource. He is eligible again at the end of February and is already checking his calendar for a date to donate. He also encouraged anyone who may be contemplating their first donation to schedule an appointment at their nearest community donor center.
“Think about all the good you would be doing for people in need,” he said. “One blood donation can save up to three lives so think about how much you’d be helping out the community.”
Each pint of a blood a person donates can be divided into three parts — red blood cells, platelets and plasma — thus having the potential to save up to three lives. Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion, and while 38 percent of Americans are eligible to donate less than 10 percent do. Despite miraculous advancements in medicine, there is no substitute for human blood.
To expedite the donation process, schedule your appointment in advance by registering online or calling 877.543.3768. Click here for more information on the donation process and here for a full list of Community Donor Center locations.
Donors must be at least 18 years of age to give blood. Sixteen or 17-year-olds with signed parental consent are also eligible to donate.
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