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O-negative blood needed for girl battling cancer


 

Eleven-year-old Tegan Rose is being treated for cancer and needs O-negative blood—a rare blood type.

She’s had to wait for a life-saving blood transfusion due to lack of area donations.

For many, St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate Irish heritage. For Tegan Rose, of Spring Lake, March 17, 2017 was the start of her cancer treatment. She turned 11 years old two days later.

“Her lucky four-leaf clover sticker didn’t turn out to be so lucky,” said Angela Rose, Tegan’s mom, before correcting herself. “Actually, if you look at it, it turned out to be really lucky—we caught the cancer early.”

Tegan is now in remission, but has to undergo chemotherapy over the next year or two. And with that comes a need for blood, a sometimes difficult task because of her blood type: O-negative. People with that blood type can only receive O-negative blood, and because only nine percent of Michigan’s population has that blood type, it’s been an issue for the preteen.

Tegan Rose and her mother Angela.

“We were at the hospital and Tegan needed blood, but we had to wait for someone to drive it over from Detroit,” said Angela.

Unfortunately, summer is a time when blood donations are at their lowest – there is currently a critical need for O-Negative blood donations. That’s why Michigan Blood is working to get enough donations to help people just like Tegan.

Anyone with O-Negative blood who donates twice between July 10th and October 31st will be entered for a chance to win a YETI cooler filled with Michigan-made merchandise. What’s more, because O-Negative is the universal donor, their blood can go to help save people across Michigan – including Tegan.

Michigan Blood is the primary provider of blood and blood products for more than 60 hospitals in Michigan, including Spectrum Health, Metro Health University of Michigan Health, and Mercy Health St. Mary’s. Donations given outside of Michigan Blood do not have direct local impact. Donating blood with Michigan Blood helps save the lives of patients in Michigan hospitals. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 112 pounds may be eligible to donate, although females age 18 and under must weigh 120 pounds or more. Blood donors should bring photo ID. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) or schedule online at https://donate.miblood.org.

Upcoming blood drive locations:

7/09 – Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, Community Room- SSU, 10295 Myers Lake NE, Rockford, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm

7/12 – Heritage United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 19931 W Kendaville Rd., Pierson, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

7/13 – Sparta Area Donor Site at Sparta United Methodist, Lower Level Dining Room-2nd Floor, 54 E Division St., Sparta, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

7/14 – Spectrum Health – Gerber Memorial Hospital, Blood Bus, 212 S. Sullivan Street, Fremont, 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

7/18 – Cedar Springs Area Donor Site at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Gym, 140 S Main St., Cedar Springs, 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm

7/19 – Montcalm Township Hall, Meeting Hall, 1880 S. Greenville Road, Greenville, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

7/19 – Spectrum Health – Big Rapids, Classroom, 605 Oak Street, Big Rapids, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

7/22 – Rockford High School, Farmer’s Market, Downtown Farmer’sMarket, 39 S. Main St, Rockford, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

7/25 – VFW POST 2335, Hall, 1050 W Main St, Mecosta, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

7/26 – Kent City High School, Library, 285 N Main St., Kent City, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

8/07 – Rockford Area Donor Site at the Community Cabin, main room, 220 N Monroe St., Rockford, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

8/14 – Bostwick Lake Congregational UCC, Fellowship Hall, 7979 Belding Rd., Rockford, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

8/14 – Resurrection Lutheran Church, Narthex, 180 Northland Dr., Sand Lake, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

8/14 – Spectrum Health – United Hospital, Conference Rooms Sides A and B, 615 S. Bower Street, Greenville, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

8/15 – Cedar Springs Area Donor Site at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Gym, 140 S Main St., Cedar Springs, 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm

8/16 – Greenville American Legion Post 101, Community Room, 1320 W Washington St., Greenville, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

8/19 – Knights of Columbus/Holy Family Catholic Church, Carpenter Hall, 425 S State St, Sparta, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

8/19 – West Michigan Annual Car Show, Blood Bus, 6767 Belding Rd., Rockford, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

8/21 – Casnovia Area Donor Site at Casnovia Reformed Church, Meeting Room, 72 S Main St., Casnovia, 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

8/22 – Our Lady of Consolation, Church Commons, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm

8/23 – St. Charles Catholic Church & School – Greenville, McKinney Hall, 505 Lafayette Street, Greenville, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

8/23 – Trinity CRC- Youth Group, Community Room, 660 S. State Street, Sparta, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Overcoming your fear of donating blood 


"I have never been a fan of needles, which is why it took me so long to become a donor. Even though I was scared, I gave it a chance because my son received blood when he needed it. It's worth a little discomfort to give back and help those in need." Sommer Deering, blood donor and mother to son who is a blood recipient

“I have never been a fan of needles, which is why it took me so long to become a donor. Even though I was scared, I gave it a chance because my son received blood when he needed it. It’s worth a little discomfort to give back and help those in need.”
Sommer Deering, blood donor and mother to son who is a blood recipient

Sommer Deering faces her fear for the sake of her son

From Michigan Blood

When Traverse City residents Sommer and Mike Deering met at the county fair as teenagers, they hit it off right away and bonded over their hobby of raising pigs. They had no idea that their summer meeting would change the course of their lives forever. They fell in love, have been married for 15 years and have two sons.

When their youngest son, Cam, was an infant, he became very sick. The family brought him to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Baby Cam was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), which is a disorder that causes an overproduction of cells that can form tumors or damage organs. During his week in the hospital, he needed a blood transfusion to survive.

“It was a super scary time for my husband and me,” says Sommer. “But having blood available when we needed it most was very comforting.”

Cam and his family made numerous trips to the hospital for more treatments. Sommer and Mike continued to notice several bags of blood hanging from the IV stands of other sick children.

“It really made me think about how giving blood could be such an incredible help to these little ones going through such tough times,” adds Sommer. “I wanted to start donating blood after witnessing this. I wasn’t sure when I would make that commitment because I am scared of needles and blood—but I knew I wanted to someday.”

Beginning last year, Sommer decided to make good on her promise to donate blood in honor of her son. She was afraid, but gave it a chance because she was so grateful for the donors who saved her son’s life through blood donations.

“Even though I am scared, I get through the process by not looking at the needle or the blood, and then I am just fine! I keep going back—it’s worth a little discomfort in order to give back and help those in need. It makes me happy,” exclaims Sommer.

Michigan Blood thanks the Deering family for their dedication to the mission of saving lives through blood donation, and joins them in their challenge to others to overcome their fear of donating by giving it a chance. What better way to ease someone else’s pain than by facing your fears and donating to help save a life?

Michigan Blood is the sole provider of blood and blood products for more than 60 hospitals in Michigan, including Spectrum Health, Metro Health, and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Donations given outside of Michigan Blood do not have direct local impact. Donating blood with Michigan Blood helps save the lives of patients in Michigan hospitals. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate. Blood donors should bring photo ID. There is an urgent need for O-Negative blood donors. Donors with type O-Negative blood, or new donors who do not yet know their blood type, are encouraged to visit their local blood donation center. For additional information on donating blood, and to make an appointment, visit www.miblood.org.

Grand Rapids Donor Center is at 1036 Fuller Ave NE, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to  3:30 p.m.; and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The next blood drive at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church will be Tuesday, April 19, from noon to 7 p.m..

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