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Local blood drive impacts 87 lives

Blood drive hosted by Kishwaukee Family YMCA, Rep. Jeff Keicher exceeds goal

SYCAMORE - A local blood drive recently held in partnership with the Versiti Blood Center of Illinois in Sycamore saw enough blood donated to save nearly 90 lives, according to a news release from the office of State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore.

 The blood drive was hosted by Keicher and the Kishwaukee Family YMCA on Sept. 22, according to the news release.

According to Versiti, there were 29 successful donations during the drive, which exceeded a goal of 23 and included 16 first-time donors. Donations from the blood drive impacted and saved 87 lives.

“We are very excited to share with the community that our blood drive made a tremendous difference,” said Keicher in a news release. “Impacting 87 lives from one afternoon’s worth of blood donations means a lot to each and every hospital patient who received the blood they needed thanks to the generosity of folks throughout our community who stepped up.”

Versiti is currently accepting appointments for individuals to donate blood Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays at the DeKalb location, 2428 Sycamore Road just east of the intersection at Barber Greene Road. To schedule an appointment, go to www.versiti.org or call 815-758-7280.

“I would like to thank all those who donated blood, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA for hosting us, and the team at Versiti for running the drive with incredible professionalism and care,” Keicher said. “We look forward to working together again to sponsor another blood drive.”