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Resolve to become a lifesaver this year


 

Celebrate National Blood Donor month by becoming a regular blood donor

“This picture shows my sons Ben, Sam, and Jesse from left to right.  Ben and Jesse both needed blood as kids. Even though I was a fairly regular donor, they are both alive, in part, because of blood donations.  That makes giving blood on a regular basis now a no-brainer to me.”—Gregg Franjione, longtime blood donor.

“This picture shows my sons Ben, Sam, and Jesse from left to right.  Ben and Jesse both needed blood as kids. Even though I was a fairly regular donor, they are both alive, in part, because of blood donations.  That makes giving blood on a regular basis now a no-brainer to me.”—Gregg Franjione, longtime blood donor.

From Michigan Blood

Back in 1986 when he first became a blood donor, Gregg Franjione didn’t realize how much impact blood donation would have on his life. Gregg just knew that giving blood was “an easy way to help out others,” but admits he “never thought about the recipients much.”

Gregg and his wife Laurene had three sons over the course of eight years. It was at the birth of their youngest son, Benjamin, they received the frightening diagnosis that baby Ben had Tetralogy of Fallot—a combination of four congenital heart defects. Newborn Ben needed open heart surgery in order to survive, and the multiple blood transfusions Ben received were a key part of his surgery and recovery.

As if one health scare in the family wasn’t enough, the words, “Hodgkin’s Lymphoma” took the family down another frightening path in 2004 with middle son Jesse’s diagnosis. With the loving support of his community, Jesse and his family geared-up for many chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Jesse also needed multiple blood transfusions to keep his blood counts at a safe level, which helped bring him into remission.

Gregg has donated more than 11 gallons of blood over the course of his life, and yet he openly says that there is no amount he could ever donate that would offset what he and his family received through generous donations of both time and blood.

“Today, my wife and I would be the parents of only one child—not three—if it wasn’t for the gift of blood donations from others,” says Gregg.

The Franjione Family has experienced a lot, and now wants to help others. They pay it forward as often as they can. Blood donation is something they advocate for, even if some are medically unable to donate on their own.

January is National Blood Donor Month, and Michigan Blood thanks the Franjione family for their dedication to the mission of saving lives through blood donations. Michigan Blood joins the Franjione family in their challenge to others to become regular blood donors. What better time than now to make a new resolution to donate blood?

Michigan Blood wants to remind the public that they are the sole provider of blood and blood products for the majority of hospitals in Michigan, including Spectrum Health, Metro Health, and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Donations that are given outside of Michigan Blood do not stay local or have a direct impact in your local community. Donate blood at Michigan Blood and help 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. For additional information on donating blood, and to make an appointment, visit www.miblood.org.

Mobile blood drives coming up nearby:

2/8 – Rockford Area Donor Site at the Community Cabin, main room, 220 N Monroe St., Rockford, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

2/16 – 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

2/17 – Greenville American Legion Post 101, Community Room, 1320 W Washington St., Greenville, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

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Blood donations fall due to cold weather


Donors needed throughout Michigan to help save lives

 

N-Donate-blood-Kathy-Uzarski-0213Historically low temperatures and heavy snowfall are increasing the need for donors at Michigan Blood, a nonprofit blood bank that provides blood and blood products to more than 40 hospitals throughout Michigan, including those in the West Michigan area.

“On a normal day we receive up to 400 donations throughout the state,” Jim Childress, Vice President of Community Relations at Michigan Blood said while explaining the importance of maintaining donors during rough weather periods. “However, this unprecedented weather has caused our donations to fall sharply. Monday we received only 44 donations across the entire state, and Tuesday we had to close our center in St. Joseph because roads were impassable.”

Blood donors make a lifesaving difference everyday, but since blood is a perishable resource that can only be stored for a short time, the need for donors never ends. This increased need at Michigan Blood is a great opportunity for veteran and first time donors alike to start the New Year off right, or fulfill a New Year’s resolution.

“This is going to have implications for us over the next several weeks,” Childress said. “So even if you are not able to make it out due to the weather, please call and schedule a time to come in and donate this month.”

Anyone interested in donating blood can visit www.miblood.org for more information or contact the local Michigan Blood donation center at 1036 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids 49503.

 

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Be a star


Blood donors head to the movies for free!

 

Lifesaving superheroes aren’t just on the big screen. They are right here in the Grand Rapids community. This holiday, before people head out to see the newest blockbuster movie, Michigan Blood invites them to Be a Star, by donating blood. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a free movie pass and free popcorn from Celebration! Cinema.

No matter what the season, blood is always needed by patients in hospitals around the state.  In fact, Michigan Blood needs to collect more than 2200 units each and every week. Around the holidays, when people are traditionally traveling, exchanging gifts, or heading to the movies, the number of people donating blood declines. So this year, Michigan Blood and Celebration! Cinema have joined together to make blood donation part of the holiday tradition.

Dates and Times for the Be a Star event vary around the state. To find the location near you, go to miblood.org.  In the Grand Rapids area:

Be A Star

Free movie pass and popcorn for everyone who attempts to donate

Main Donor Center – 1036 Fuller Ave NE

Christmas Eve, Tuesday December 24th 8:00am-3:30pm

Thursday, December 26th 8:00am-7:00pm

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday December 31st

8:00am-3:30pm

New Year’s Day, Wednesday January 1st 8:00am-3:00pm

Thursday, January 2nd 8:00am-7:00pm

Appointments highly encouraged.

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days. Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID). Appointments are highly encouraged and can be made online at www.miblood.org or by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD.

 

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