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First National Bank to host blood drive

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2013

ROCHELLE — There is never a day when blood is not needed by our hospitals. Accidents, surgeries, and other everyday occurrences require a constant supply of donations. With your help OSF Saint Anthony, Rockford Memorial, SwedishAmerican, Beloit Memorial, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN, Mercy Harvard Hospital, SwedishAmerican Medical Center - Belvidere, and Rochelle Community hospitals can continue to meet these needs every day. I am asking you now to sign up to donate blood. Please reply to this email to make an appointment or call 815.562.5571.

Did you know?

* Blood Donation consists of 5 easy steps: registration, mini-physical, health history, blood donation, and snack!

* Allow an hour to go through the entire donation process - however it takes less than 10 minutes to draw the blood from your arm!

* Anyone who registers to donate will receive a coupon from N.Y. Bagel & Coffee for a free cookie and coffee!

* You can now answer your heath history questions before you come to donate blood. It’s easy & convenient - just follow the instructions below.

1. Go to www.rrvbconlinequestions.com and enter the password rrvbc09

2. Answer each question carefully

3. PRINT out your 3-bar code boarding pass

4. Bring the pass with you to your donation

5. Remember: You must fill out & Print the questionnaire the day of your donation. You must present the bar-code boarding pass at the time of registration

* Diabetics may donate as long as your diabetes is controlled. Can be controlled by diet, medication or insulin. If you use Bovine “beef” insulin anytime since 1980 you would be deferred.

* If you have or had cancer, the blood center will evaluate your condition and medications on an individual basis. You may be able to donate blood if you are currently in good health and your cancer treatment has been completed for 12 months without any recurrence of the disease. However, if you have had leukemia or lymphatic cancer (i.e., Hodgkin’s Disease/Lymphoma), you would not be able to donate.

* If you received a tattoo you may donate as long as it was obtained in a state regulated entity with sterile needles and ink that has not been reused.

* Persons taking medications, including aspirin, vitamins, birth control pills, hormones, thyroid medication, cholesterol lowering medication, blood pressure medication, are not necessarily disqualified from donating.

* If you have traveled outside the U.S. or Canada it is best to check with the blood center at (815)965-8751 or toll-free at 1-877-RRVBC-99 for information on specific travel destinations. We are concerned primarily with travel to areas at risk for malaria.

The blood drive is on Monday, April 1st, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. RRVBC will have their mobile bus parked at the First National Bank & Trust of Rochelle, located at 340 May Mart Drive. First time donors will need to bring their photo I.D. Walk-ins are welcome! Be sure to have plenty to eat and drink before you donate!

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