Family To Host Blood Drive In Father's Honor As Supplies Are At Critically Low Levels

January 26, 2019 - 6:45 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The family of an Orland Park man who received "the gift of life" is giving back by hosting a blood drive Saturday in his honor.

Donald Niego died last March at the age of 86 after a long battle with bone marrow cancer. He had received countless units of blood over the last few years of his life.

His daughter, Debbie VanRosendale, said her father would sometimes worry about using so much blood and ask, "Are they going to run out of blood?  Do they ever run out?"

"My dad would love this," she said of the blood drive, which is expected to attract about 50 people.

Meanwhile, blood supplier Vitalant (formerly LifeSource) said the supply is at critically low levels throughout the entire Chicagoland region. Some hospitals have been forced to postpone surgeries, including those involving life-saving organ transplants.

Currently, there’s a critical need for platelets and Type O blood donations; however, all blood types are needed.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, go to or call (877) 258-4825.