McGuire urges people to donate blood, register as organ donors during National Donate Life Month

donatelifeflag 041620JOLIET — To help the many people who will need it during the pandemic, State Senator Pat McGuire, D-Crest Hill, urged residents to donate blood, bone marrow and organs during April, which is National Donate Life Month.

“The pandemic is a cruel double whammy,” McGuire said. “Patients need blood now, and those who survive might need organs later in life due to the virus' damage to the body. People need donated blood and organs for lots of other medical conditions, too.”

The U.S. Human Services and Resource Administration (HRSA), reports that 20 Americans die every day waiting for an organ transplant. Despite the 150 million Americans who are already registered as organ donors, current conditions mean there is an immediate need for more. Right now, there are over 110,000 people waiting for potentially lifesaving organ transplants. You can find information about how to register at

“Please help others during National Donate Life Month by donating blood and registering to be an organ donor,” McGuire said.

Sen. Pat McGuire


43rd District

Years served:
2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Environment and Conservation; Higher Education (Chairperson); Revenue; State Government (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (TR); Subcommittee on Prisons (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Former teacher, school board member, Will County treasurer and Braidwood City Clerk; attended Joliet Catholic schools from first grade through college; married (Lora) with one daughter (Molly).

Associated Representatives:
John Connor
Lawrence Walsh, Jr.