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October 7 & 8 – Michigan Blood & Blue Care Network Drive to Benefit the Women's Cancer Fund

Michigan Blood partners with Blue Care Network
of Michigan on a cause based blood drive

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it affects everyone in his or her life. 33% of blood products are used in the treatment of cancer patients. On October 7th and 8th, Michigan Blood will host a benefit blood drive for the Women’s Cancer Fund. For each person who attempts to donate blood at the Traverse City fixed site a $10 donation will be made to the Women’s Cancer Fund. Blue Care Network of Michigan has underwritten this donation.

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Michigan Blood Bus on Exhibit at ArtPrize

No needles, just free cookies when you tour the bus and learn fun facts like the oldest blood type and personality traits tied to blood type … plus visitors to help create artwork for t-shirt design.

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Michigan Blood to Host Blood & Marrow Registry Drive To Help Diversify The Blood Supply

In effort to diversify the community blood supply, Michigan Blood is hosting a blood and marrow registry drive aimed at increasing donations from African-Americans.

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Wurst Festival Ever Selects Michigan Blood as Charity Partner

Percent of ‘Everybody Run, It’s a Blood Bath!’ 5K Fun Run Proceeds to Offset
Adding More Potential Bone Marrow Donors to National Be The Match Registry®  


Jeff Lenhart, owner of the New Salem Corn Maze, knows how to throw a party – even if it is called the Wurst Festival Ever.  Lenhart is the brainchild behind this annual event held at his Corn Maze, located at 4516 24th Street in Dorr.  This year’s festival runs Friday-Sunday, September 27-29th, and includes live music, brats and beverages, hot air balloons, farm animals, pumpkins, a bouncy house, train and hay rides,  a wiener dog race, Oktoberfest/German food,  and a haunted woods and corn maze – with zombies lurking – and a 5k fun run.  

And with zombies, comes ‘blood,’ and the idea to add a charity partner.  Enter Michigan Blood and its Stem Cell Programs.  A portion of the entry proceeds for the ‘Everybody Run, It’s a Blood Bath!” 5K Fun Run on September 28th at 9 AM will benefit tissue testing costs of the program.  Lenhart explains: “We’ve been doing this Wurst Festival Ever for 4 years now.  We thought we should add a new element and use this addition to benefit Michigan Blood. I’ve learned a lot about what they do at Michigan Blood Stem Cell Programs to offer lifesaving treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and 70+ other blood related diseases and I look forward to the chance to contribute to such a great cause.” 

The cost to enter is $25 and includes a t-shirt and free entry to the Wurst Festival ($5 value).  Ryan Heinhuis, MPH, a recruiter for the programs, notes: “As a regional chapter of the Be The Match Registry, Michigan Blood is committed to adding new potential bone marrow donors to the Registry. Each of these potential donors has the chance to then be called to save a life. It costs roughly $100 to add one new donor to the Registry as a result of tissue-type testing fees. Charity partnerships like that with the Wurst Festival Ever make it possible to continue our lifesaving mission. We are very thankful to The Lenhart Family for this opportunity. It’s going to be a riot!”

The event is a fun run and obstacle course. Runners will pass Witch Mountain, The Witch’s Web, and jump through the Witches Wheels of Misfortune. Those interested can register online at

Questions about the National Marrow Donor Program and Be the Match Registry should be directed to Ryan Heinhuis at 616-233-8678 or  


Michigan Blood to Partner with Islamic Society of Midland

Michigan Blood is partnering with the Islamic Society of Midland (ISM) to host a blood and marrow registry drive.

The drive will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 21 at the Islamic Center of Midland, 1801 N. Stark in Midland. ISM and siblings Jafar and Asma Siddiqui are organizing the drive in memory of their father Dr. Waheed Siddiqui who passed away from a rare form of leukemia in 2011. The Siddiqui family, pioneer members of the Society, hope to carry on Dr. Siddiqui’s legacy by inviting the community to help save lives.

“I gave blood before my father was diagnosed, but it became very real when he got ill,” said Jafar. “My mother and sister have been giving blood regularly for the last few years. When someone goes through this, you find inspiration to help others.”

Due to the severity of Dr. Siddiqui’s illness, the Dow Corning retiree was a candidate to receive a blood stem cell transplant. Despite attempts from family members to provide a match for a transplant, Dr. Siddiqui passed away before a match could be found. Because of the experience, the Siddiqui family and ISM were inspired to add a marrow registry to the blood drive to recruit potential donors to help find a cure for patients suffering from illnesses like leukemia and lymphoma.

Michigan Blood’s Stem Cell Program, a Be The Match Registry affiliate, will help facilitate the recruitment. 

“In a continuing effort to give back to the community, we are fully committed to serving in a variety of ways,” said Naveed Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Midland.One such way is by facilitating a blood and bone marrow drive at the Islamic Center.  What better contribution than the gift of life. We believe every step counts towards building a better and stronger nation.”

Jafar says the drive is also significant because it will be held in the mosque his father helped establish. The first Islamic Center in Midland opened its doors in the fall of 2011, only a few months after Dr. Siddiqui passed away.

“The event is extremely special because of the location, which is a huge part of the Islamic community in Midland,” said Jafar. “It’s great to see how the community has grown… and to have a building and an event that is carrying on my father’s legacy.”

To participate in the drive, donors can visit or call 1-866-MIBLOOD to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. 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). Every person that attempts to donate will be entered to win one of two $50 gift cards.

To join the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be the Match Registry, registrants must be between the ages of 18 and 44. The process includes filling out a health questionnaire and providing a cheek swab. The total cost to add a new member to the Registry is about $100. Michigan Blood fundraises throughout the year to offset the cost of tissue testing necessary for registration. Most often, a majority of these costs are covered and new registry members are asked to contribute only $25. Because of the need to diversify the Registry, those of diverse ethnic backgrounds are able to join at no cost with the help of federal funding. For more information, potential registrants can contact Ryan Heinhuis at (616) 233-8676 or by email at

Michigan Blood hosts 3,700 blood drives a year to help meet the needs of local hospitals across Michigan. In Midland, Michigan Blood is the exclusive blood provider for MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland.