Blood Recipients

Tuesday
Dec022014

Mary Kneibel - Blood Donors Are Lifesavers

It’s been 12 years since Mary Kneibel received heartbreaking news that her son, Patrick, was diagnosed with severe idiopathic aplastic anemia. The rare condition causes a person's bone marrow to stop producing new blood cells, and it is often a life-threatening diagnosis.

As the family nervously waited through treatments and an eventual bone marrow transplant, blood donors helped save Patrick’s life by providing lifesaving red blood cell and platelet donations.

“Blood donors were crucial to my son Patrick’s survival. Plain and simple, blood donors are lifesavers,” says Mary.

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Friday
Aug222014

Cindy Porritt

by Tom Rademacher, Veteran Grand Rapids Press columnist and long-time Michigan Blood donor

She doesn’t know who.

She’s not even certain of the whys.

But Cindy Porritt knows this: She’s grateful beyond words. Because perfect strangers are keeping her alive.

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Thursday
Apr102014

Kenneth Anderson

As a long time blood recipient, Kenneth Anderson understood the importance of blood donation and always appreciated the life-extending gifts he received from blood donors.

Thanks to the generosity of blood donors, transfusions helped Kenneth endure chronic gastrointestinal bleeding and added quality years to his life before his passing on Dec. 28, 2013.

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Monday
Feb172014

Jack Keller

by Tom Rademacher, Veteran Grand Rapids Press columnist and long-time Michigan Blood donor

In the spring of 2011, Jack noticed himself becoming more tired, and experiencing lower back pain.

    "I was 58 and a little overweight," he says with a shrug, "and I thought it was just part of the aging process."

    In April of that year Jack visited Michigan Blood - as he'd been doing each month for years - to participate in the apheresis program. But that day Jack's iron tested too low, preventing him from donating. But after two subsequent visits yielded the same results, Jack reasoned that "something's not right," so he made arrangements to see his physician. A blood draw revealed grim news: He had cancer.

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Michael Riness

by Tom Rademacher, Veteran Grand Rapids Press columnist and long-time Michigan Blood donor

 “I dropped like a rock,” Michael Riness recalls. “There wasn’t a sound.”

What transpired immediately afterward, however, was anything but quiet.

No less than 23 highly trained rescuers sprang into action, all members of the National Ski Patrol, and every one the injured man’s friend.

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