Blood drive sponsor remembers a friend

By Josh Simon

January 31, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- At any time, anyone could be in need of a blood donation, but those suffering from cancer often need transfusions or platelets just to get through treatments.

With that in mind, breast cancer survivor Cheryl Kohn organized a blood drive Thursday at the Red Cross in Downtown Peoria. The drive was in memory of Kohn's friend, Lisa Osborne, who died a year ago after fighting breast cancer for more than three years. She received blood throughout her treatment.

"The part I didn't really think about was the continual treatments she had to have was the reason she needed most of the blood," said Dave Osborne. "'Cause as she was getting chemo, her blood counts would get critical so she would have to come in and get blood. Get kind of a recharge. The blood actually got her back into the cancer fight. She was helpless without it."

More than 52 blood donors and 15 platelet donors attended the drive. If you would like to make a donation or appointment to donate blood, visit

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