In an area unseen to blood donors, lab coat-donned men and women take careful measurements in quick succession. In between the sterile metal countertops holding various scientific instruments, a flurry of workers go back and forth between them. They’re separating blood components; taking the whole blood generously given by donors and putting each part of it – the platelets, plasma, and red cells – into separate containers. Those containers will then be meticulously measured and tested before being sent to hospitals, where the blood components will be used on people who need them.
A series of blood donations given years ago ensured the survival of a young boy.
The need for blood never ends, and hospitals across Michigan currently have a great need for O-Negative blood, the universal blood type. Michigan Blood is working to help increase the supply.
Life is about service – at least, it is for one West Michigan man. “I was in the Army Air Force Band…I played baritone,” said Bruce DePree, “That is…I did. Until the Battle of the Bulge.”