Heartland Blood Centers host Guitar Hero blood drive competition

By on June 11, 2009

KANE—Heartland Blood Centers will host several special-event blood drives where blood donors will be entered in a Guitar Hero competition. Guitar Hero is a popular music video game where players are awarded points by correctly hitting notes, chords and sustains.

Each blood drive location will have three prizes awarded. The first prize of the competition is a $200 Best Buy Gift Card, second prize winner will receive a $25 Best Buy Gift Card and the third place prize is a Heartland Blood Centers T-shirt. Blood donors may designate someone in their place to compete in the Guitar Hero competition; competing is optional.

All blood donors present will receive a coupon for a free quart of Oberweis ice cream as an added incentive to donating blood. Blood drive locations and contact information listed below.

Due to the popularity of this event, appointments are strongly suggested, but walk-ins are welcome. For competition rules or to determine eligibility to donate blood, visit www.heartlandbc.org.

The blood drives are an added effort by the blood center to off-set the usual blood shortages that occur in the summer months due to a decline in blood donations.

To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health. Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility.

For additional information, call 1-800-7-TO GIVE or visit www.heartlandbc.org.

Guitar Hero Blood Drives
Thursday, June 18
2 to 7 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings
820 Commons Drive
For an appointment, contact
Jill Bernard at (815) 342-2149 or

Wednesday, August 5
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Heartland Blood Centers
3851 Main St., East Gate Commons
For an appointment, contact
Amy Smith at (630) 801-3149 or