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Weather impacting blood donations


Urgent need for all blood types; O-Negative blood levels dangerously low

Snow and bad weather are significantly impacting Michigan Blood’s ability to collect blood, both due to canceled blood drives and donors who feel it unsafe driving in bad conditions.

“Hospitals don’t take snow days and neither do we,” said Dawn Kaiser, director of donor services for Michigan Blood, “All it takes is one bad accident, and our inventory could be wiped out.”

There is currently an urgent need for all blood types and a special need for O-Negative blood, the universal donor, which has dangerously low levels. If the current trend of bad weather continues without more blood donors coming in, Michigan Blood’s inventory could drop to critical levels.

Every blood donation can be a life-saver for people in hospitals across the state. Here is a list of donor centers in the region where people can donate blood, if they feel safe enough to drive out:

Grand Rapids Area Donor Center, 1036 Fuller Ave NE

Sundays: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (appointment only)
Mondays through Thursdays: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fridays: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturdays: 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Grandville Donor Center – Grandville United Methodist Church, 3140 Wilson Ave
Wednesdays: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (appointment only)
Thursdays: 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturdays: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (appointment only)

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.

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) may be eligible to donate, although there are height and weight restrictions for people 16 to 18 years old. Blood donors should bring photo ID. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663), text MIBLOOD to 444999, or schedule online at miblood.org.

 

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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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Blood donors help save lives of baby girl’s parents


 

When they needed it most, blood transfusions were readily available

N-Blood-donors-Grace-Brunett-Family-OutdoorsGrace Brunett is not only a regular blood donor, but helps host a blood drive in her hometown. And as if that weren’t enough, this tireless cheerleader works for Michigan Blood as a phlebotomist.

Grace can trace her commitment to her days as a student at Cedar Springs High School, where she learned in anatomy class the power of O-negative blood—her type and a universal option for anyone in need.

Just nine percent of the Michigan population has O-negative blood, which puts Grace in a class by herself. But her story is even more compelling since the day nearly six years ago when, while pregnant with her firstborn, she developed chorioamnioitis.

She eventually underwent an emergency Caesarian section. During her ordeal, which lasted nearly five hours and included an emergency hysterectomy at the age of 21, she required a blood transfusion.

“I almost died,” she says, noting that she was conscious during the entire trying episode. What she took away from that traumatic experience, however, were two rewards: One, a daughter Charlotte, now going on six years old. And two, a personal story to share about the importance of stepping up to donate blood and blood products.

Grace actually began donating blood as a student at Cedar Springs, where, coincidentally, she met Cory Brown, the father of their child. “I was a sophomore and he was a senior,” she relates. Both were members at the time of Business Professionals of America, which was sponsoring a blood drive at the high school.

Little did they know then that not only would Grace lean on blood donors for her own vital needs, but that Cory, too, would come to require multiple transfusions. “He was in a car accident before we had Charlotte, back in 2007, and then in 2011, he was hit by a drunk driver,” says Grace. In both instances, her common-law husband needed donor blood.

Today, the happy trio makes its home in Cedar Springs, where Charlotte – described by mom as being “bubbly, fun and smart” — is a whiz at jigsaw puzzles and is set to start kindergarten this comi.ng fall. Grace is diligent about giving blood for obvious personal reasons, and also because it’s just the right thing to do. She enjoys tracking her progress, pint by pint, acknowledging that she just passed the 6-gallon mark this past March.

It’s fun for her to travel back in her mind to those days in anatomy class, when the instructor mapped out how “With O-negative blood, you can basically save anybody,” she says. “It’s kind of awesome, that the whole world is basically eligible for my blood, and so that has spurred me to action.”

“It’s one hour out of one day just every two months of your life,” says Grace. “You can be selfless in that single hour and make a huge difference.”

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 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 110 pounds may be eligible to donate. Blood donors should bring photo ID. We are currently in urgent need of O-Negative blood donations.

The next blood donor drive in Cedar Springs will be on August 23, at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Gym, 140 S Main St., Cedar Springs, 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more locations, visit www.miblood.org.

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