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End Of An Era And Thank You!

13:10 PM June 12, 2018

Sometimes heroes don’t make headline news. Quite often they are behind-the-scenes doing simple acts that have huge impacts on others with little fanfare.

 

One of those behind-the-scenes groups recently lost their opportunity to provide a service that literally saves lives.

 

Prophetstown Lion’s Club member Ken Cocking and his small band of volunteers have been faithfully participating in the Red Cross' apheresis program for almost 20 years. The process involves a two-hour procedure in which donors’ blood is filtered, separated, and a portion retained, with the remainder being returned to the individual.

 

Apheresis is a two-hour procedure, which several
local people participated in, but no more.

The program ran opposite months of the Lions’ regular blood drives. Four donating stations are set up and accommodate three rounds of individuals who come in for the procedure.

 

A spokesperson for the American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region said in a statement," After careful consideration, the American Red Cross has decided to discontinue its mobile apheresis program in the Heart of American Blood Services Region."

 

" Donors are encouraged to donate at Red Cross locations in Quincy, Peoria, or its new location in Bloomington. Through these locations, platelets can be collected in a more consistent and cost-effective manner. The Red Cross will continue to collect whole blood donations at area blood drives as usual."

 

Cocking said he could not thank the individuals enough for their numerous years of donations.

 

Bi-Monthly whole blood drives will continue to be held in Prophetstown.  Contact Ken Cocking at 815-537-2719 if you are interested in participating in the next drive to be held on Monday, August 13 from 11:30 - 5:00 at the PLT #3 District Office. 

 

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