Wendy Savickas – Blood Donor
Friday, August 22, 2014 at 9:30AM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

“My father donated blood ever since I can remember,” says Wendy Savickas, whose donated over seven-gallons with Michigan Blood. “I remember getting calls at our house for him to come donate. That was my first introduction to blood donation, but he never talked much about it or pushed it on us.”

Despite childhood memories and a close family connection to blood donation, it would be decades before Wendy discovered her reason to donate. 

It was the late 80s and Wendy’s niece had just graduated high school when tragedy struck. Her niece was severely injured in an auto accident and received several units of blood during a life saving surgery. For a time Wendy felt there was nothing she could do but be by her niece’s side.

“Then I heard a request for blood donors on the radio,” recalls Wendy. “The next day I went to the blood bank and rolled up my sleeve. That was 25 years ago.”

Not too long after becoming a regular blood donor, Wendy went back to school and became RN, in part because of what she saw during that fateful summer.

“It opened my eyes to the fact that everyone can give in a different way,” says Wendy. “Through blood donation there’s always something that you can do to help those in need.”

Being a nurse affords Wendy an up-close view of how often blood is needed and the affect it has on patients.

“I know the value of it so much more, and I see the difference in the patients almost instantaneously after they receive blood,” says Wendy, who has worked at Spectrum Health for 19 years. “It’s nice to know you can be part of that, and it’s nice to think there could even be one of my patients that received my blood.”

On top of donating blood, Wendy says she encourages others to donate for the first time or continue donating. Especially when her church holds blood drives.

“You don’t have to be afraid of giving your blood to help someone,” says Wendy. “It actually makes you feel good and warm inside to think about doing something for someone else that you wouldn’t be able to do any other way.”

Article originally appeared on Michigan Blood (http://www.miblood.org/).
See website for complete article licensing information.