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Roll Up Your Sleeves

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COD Cares 2021 "Roll Up Your Sleeves" Blood Drive and Organ Donation Awareness Campaign

Your generosity provided 136 total units of blood, enabling Versiti Bood Center of Illinois to save up to 408 lives

Traditionally a day for COD's volunteer corps to complete community service projects, Roll Up Your Sleeves took on new meaning during the pandemic. With a twist on the name, this year we invited participants to literally roll up their sleeves and donate blood. Volunteers also were encouraged to explore other ways to contribute to the medical needs of our neighbors including joining the national organ donation and bone marrow registries.  

The effects of the pandemic are widespread and immeasurable. One thing remains certain, the medical needs of our neighbors have increased dramatically since the onset of the pandemic. The following registries have been busy connecting critically ill patients with generous donors.

COD Cares is encouraging people to visit these online registries and sign up as abilities allow.

Save lives through cellular therapy.

Bone Marrow Registry: Bethematch.org

Step 1: Five-minute online registration
Step 2: Swab kit mailed to your home. Simply swab and return.

Help shape the future of medicine.

Whole Body Donation: Medcure.org

Step 1: One-minute online registration

  • Did you know body donation reduces the need for animal subjects in medical research? Learn more.

Improve the quality of others' lives.

Organ and Tissue Donation: lifegoeson.com 

Step 1: One-minute online registration with driver's license or state identification card

  • Organ transplants in the Chicago area are at a virtual standstill due to COVID-19. Hoping to find a kidney donor, Cubs fan Bridgett Kolls of Lombard went very public with her quest when she took a handmade poster to a baseball game.

Recently recovered from COVID-19?

Become a convalescent plasma donor: American Red Cross 

Step 1: One-minute online registration

  • COVID-19 survivor is doing all he can to spread the word about this opportunity to help others. Read Steve's story of resilience.

Restore sight and hope.

Eye Bank Registry: Eye Bank Association of America 

Step 1: One-minute online registration

A “first” gift can be the gift of life- twice.

Birth Tissue Donation Program: Beacon of Hope 

Step 1: Must be an expectant mother with a planned c-section
Step 2: Alert physician you wish to participate in the Versiti birth tissue donation program

  • Grafts made from donated birth tissue helped surgical patient Lori heal. Read her story.

Looking for another way to give?

  • Invest in innovation and support Versiti Blood Research Institute Foundation here
  • Gift of Hope provides compassionate organ and tissue donation and recovery services throughout Illinois and Northern Indiana. Support this mission with a monetary donation here.
  • The COD Cares Roll Up Your Sleeves Service Day has traditionally been scheduled during National Volunteer Week (April 18 to 24), which is coordinated by Points of Light and established in 1974 to recognize the impact of volunteer service. Local nonprofits benefit greatly from the added support of residents during this important national awareness week. Visit Giving DuPage, the DuPage volunteer center, for a list of current donation and service needs in the area. Consider participating in the Giving DuPage Days event to celebrate the many organizations that have stepped up to serve our residents throughout the challenges of this past year.

     

Click here for photos of the previous service day event.

Click here to see a video of the previous service day event.

Contact Information

COD Cares

Joan DiPiero
Community Relations Specialist
(630) 942-3872
dipieroj@cod.edu