State's attorney, local mom sponsoring blood drive

6/27/2014, 12:25 p.m.
The event will be held at the state's attorney's downtown Joliet office on July 23.
Taylor Babec and her mother, Jennifer

The Will County State's Attorney's Office provided this news release:

Will County State’s Attorney’s Office is partnering with Heartland Blood Centers and local mom Jennifer Babec to host a community blood drive from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23 at the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, 121 N. Chicago St., in Joliet.

Heartland’s mobile coaches will be parked in the State’s Attorney’s Office lot directly across the street from the historic Rialto Square Theatre in downtown Joliet.

Appointments can be made by calling Jennifer Babec at (815) 325-4282 or by visiting Heartland Blood Centers online at www.heartlandbc.org. Walk-in donors also are welcome on the day of the blood drive. Donations take roughly 30 minutes.

The State’s Attorney’s Office has been hosting blood drives with Heartland since 2012. The centralized Chicago Street location has proven to be convenient for employees and visitors in downtown Joliet.

“Summer blood drives are critical because donations drop significantly due to vacations and school closings,” said State’s Attorney James Glasgow. “I encourage everyone who works in or visits downtown Joliet to schedule an appointment or simply drop by on July 23 to make what could be a lifesaving donation of blood.”

Twenty-five percent of Heartland’s blood supply comes from school drives. Heartland is the sole provider of blood and blood products for Silver Cross Hospital and Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Jennifer Babec’s young daughter, Taylor, required 22 blood transfusions that restored her health and her spirits during her successful battle against lymphoma several years ago. Taylor's cancer is in remission, but Jennifer continues to coordinate drives so there is an ample supply for others who need transfusions.