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Aurora University, Senior, Hosts Blood Drive in Honor of One Tough Oswego Panther

Written By: Tia Carr


AURORA, IL—November 14, 2017—Heartland Blood Center will host a blood drive in honor of Connor Robinson on November 30 from 3:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Oswego High School.

“There is something different about Connor than his fellow members of the OHS Class of 2019… Connor is a two-time cancer survivor,” says Crystal Robinson, Connor’s mother.

In 2010 at the age of nine, Connor Robinson was diagnosed with ALL, the same type of leukemia that his sister, Faith, had been diagnosed with a little less than two years earlier. He underwent intensive chemotherapy and received multiple blood transfusions. Connor breezed through his treatment and continued life as a normal third grader.

However, in 2014, Connor suffered a rare form of relapse in the Central Nervous System, and the leukemia was attacking his brain. Connor was hospitalized for 47 days; he received a variety of blood transfusions during this time. The best way to treat Connor’s leukemia was for him to undergo a Stem Cell Transplant, which Connor received on March 4, 2015.

“None of this would have been possible without the help and generosity of others who have supported Connor through his battle. Donating blood just might prove to be the difference between life and death for a patient like Connor,” says Crystal Robinson.

The blood drive coordinator, Tia Carr, is a senior at Aurora University. She has coordinated over 25 blood drives in the community since 2008 in order to bring awareness to the great need of blood products locally. Carr personally receives blood infusions on a regular basis, and she was inspired to host drives as a thirteen-year-old, due to the lack of blood at her hospital.

“Initially, I was scared to host blood drives in my honor because I didn’t want the community to know me as the sick girl; however, I was willing to risk my reputation as a third grader because I knew so many other patients could benefit from these drives too,” says Carr.

“Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood,” according to Heartland Blood Center.

“The Aurora and Oswego Communities have empowered me to keep fighting by always supporting me at my drives, so I wanted to give another student, Connor Robinson, that same hope,” says Carr.

Connor is a junior at Oswego High School, who enjoys videos games, eating wings, and cheering on all the Panther sports teams at OHS. He works out with the OHS basketball team, and helps with the youth sports programs at the Oswegoland Park District. Connor proudly finished his first-ever mile “fun run” this year.   

Crystal and William, Connor’s brother, will be donating blood at OHS on November 30 and hope you can join them in giving the “gift of life.”

“It truly is a gift that only you can give,” says Crystal Robinson.


Join Aurora and Oswego as they come alongside Connor Robinson and Tia Carr by donating blood, so other patients can live as healthy of a life as possible.

Appointments can be made online at Heartlandbc.org, or by emailing tiacarr3@gmail.com. Walk-ins are always welcome. *Please enter through door 11*


The address of Oswego High School is:

4250 IL-71, Oswego, IL 60543.


Stay tuned for future blood drives on Facebook @ Tia Carr Blood Drives.

Tia Carr