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Blood Donation For COVID-19 Research Could Pay up to $200

UNDATED- The blood of a person who is COVID-19 positive or a person who beat the virus could be worth up to $200 for a donation.

With the urgency to find a vaccine for the virus, as well as diagnostic tools and therapies, blood samples of people from all over the U.S. are more in-demand, including of people from the Region.

Pennsylvania-based, Biological Specialty Company has launched an at-home blood collection drive to obtain patient samples to assist scientists in their research.

Lori Ball, chief operating officer at BSC, told "The Times" the company has received hundreds of requests from researchers for blood samples in recent weeks.

Ball said BSC's mobile outreach effort allows positive patients to remain close to home, rather than going to a collection center.

If the patient is determined eligible to donate, an in-home collection kit is sent to the person's home, where it will remain sealed until a BSC phlebotomist, dressed in full personal protective equipment, arrives to take the collection.

All genders, ages, races, ethnicities and blood types are welcome to participate.

Potential donors can obtain additional information and schedule an appointment by calling 1-833-GO-4-CURE or by visiting www.biospecialty.com.

Participants will receive compensation for donating and they could receive up to $200 if they donate all 20 tubes.


Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.