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Michigan Blood to Host Drive at Midland Mall

Michigan Blood is hosting a blood drive at the Midland Mall to help boost the community blood supply during a time of high need.

The blood drive will take place in the center court, 6800 Eastman in Midland, from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9.

Every donor who attempts to donate will be entered to win a $200 Detroit Tigers prize package which includes four infield box tickets and a $30 gas card.

Donors can visit 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).

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


Michigan Blood Partners with Gilda's Club – Lowell for Pink Arrow Pride

$10 Donation to Gilda’s Club – Lowell for every person who attempts to donate at July 30th blood drive  

Thanks to the efforts of Nancy Brinker, sister to Susan G. Komen, and thousands around the world, the color pink is nearly synonymous with the fight against breast cancer. Since 1982, Brinker and supporters have raised awareness and millions of dollars, using the pink ribbon on everything from apparel to trash barrels to paper products … and even athletes do so. In 2007, the Lowell High School football team joined the movement, suiting up in pink jerseys to host Pink Arrow Pride to help raise money for their local Gilda’s Club cancer support center. Their efforts helped raise $800,000 in five years.   

In 2010, Michigan Blood joined the Pink Arrow Pride efforts, hosting a blood drive to raise money for Gilda’s Club – and equally important, raising awareness of the close connection between donating blood and fighting cancer. Thirty-three (33) percent of blood products (red cells and platelets) are given to cancer patients to help offset the side effects of chemotherapy. In three years, Michigan Blood, with the support of its generous blood donors, have helped more than 500 patients  and raised over $3000 to underwrite cancer support efforts at the Gilda’s Club in Lowell.

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, from 10 am – 7 pm, Michigan Blood will be hosting a blood drive at the Gilda’s Club in Lowell (314 S. Hudson Street, across from the Kent County Fairgrounds.). Michigan Blood will make a $10 donation to the Gilda’s Club Lowell Pink Arrow Project for every person who attempts to donate blood during the drive. 

To donate, you must be 17 years old (16 with written parent’s/guardian’s consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and pass the health screening. You also may not have donated whole blood within the past 56 days of attempting to donate. Potential donors that are 16 years old should read the information provided on the Michigan Blood website by following this LINK, and bring their signed permission form.

Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID). For additional information on donating blood, check out

Teresa Beachum, coordinator for the Pink Arrow Pride blood drive on behalf of Gilda’s Club, notes: “Unfortunately, everyone knows someone who has had cancer or is fighting it, yet far less people know about how important blood therapy is to the cancer patient.  When loved ones ask how they can help, we encourage them to find a Michigan Blood drive and donate, as the blood stays local to help their family and neighbors.” 

Carole Gentry, BSN, RN, Clinical Services Manager of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Lacks Cancer Center, a major sponsor of the Pink Arrow Pride event; echoes Beachum’s comments. “Making the connection between donating blood and helping people with cancer is so important. Red cell transfusions and platelets help counterbalance some of the effects of chemo treatments. Anyone who has watched a loved one struggle knows that an hour out of their day to help is the best feeling in the world. And donating as part of the Pink Arrow Pride event helps raise money for cancer support through Gilda’s Club. It is truly a win-win-win.”


Michigan Blood Announces Two New Directors

Michigan Blood, an independent, nonprofit community service organization that provides blood products to more than 40 Michigan hospitals, announced the hiring of two new Directors to oversee statewide departmental operations. Dawn Kaiser has been named the Director of Donor Services, and Donna Martorano has been named Director of Volunteer Services.  Michigan Blood has facilities in Grand Rapids, Portage, Saint Joseph, Traverse City, Saginaw, Midland and Bay City. Both Kaiser and Martorano will operate out of the Grand Rapids central offices.


Prior to joining Michigan Blood, Kaiser worked for LifeSource Blood Services in Rosemont, Illinois.  Her most recent position was as Director of Collections.  She also served as a regional manager, center manager, supervisor, donor specialist, and training supervisor.  Mark Palkowski, Vice President of Operations, notes:  “Dawn’s extensive experience with every stage of the blood donation process will be invaluable to Michigan Blood as she works with our staff and volunteers to ensure an exceptional donor experience for each and every donor.  Michigan Blood hosts 3700 mobile blood drives and 9 regional donor centers to collect approximately 2200 units per week to meet the needs of our Michigan hospitals.”





Donna Martorano was named Director of Volunteer Services, having been promoted from Manager of Volunteer Services on July 1, 2013.  She has been with Michigan Blood for 7 years; the last two as Manager.  Martorano oversees 540 volunteers statewide who assist in the post donation station, prep/care, registration floater, and inventory/restocking, as well as volunteer as drivers, greeters, and clerical/computer/phone support.”


GO BLUE – Go Blood

Michigan Blood Partners with UM Blood Drives United
to Host Blood Drive July 8th

With University of Michigan students and alumni spanning the globe, one needn’t look far to see the impact Wolverines make in the communities where they live, work and play.  Close to home, University of Michigan students Chelsea Fournier (Senior/Neuroscience/LS&A), Sam Rea (Junior/Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience/LS&A), Kevin Weiss (Senior/International Studies and Biology/LSA), Sara Fritz (Junior/Movement Science/School of Kinesiology) and Betsy Gast (Super Senior / 5th Year Senior / Senior) /Chemical Engineering /College of Engineering)are doing their part to save lives in Michigan. On Monday, July 8th, these leaders of the volunteer student-run Blood Drives United organization will hosts its first blood drive with Michigan Blood from 12 noon – 6 pm. Students involved in the organization volunteer hundreds of hours throughout the year to host blood drives and help save lives. This summer, they decided to expand their efforts by forming a partnership with Michigan Blood, a non-profit, independent community blood center with locations throughout Michigan. (A second drive is scheduled for August 1st (12-6 pm) in the Union Ballroom).

The blood drive will be held at the Michigan Union in the Kuenzel Room, 530 S. State Street in Ann Arbor. Students, faculty, administrative staff, and community residents are invited to participate. As a thank you gift for taking time out of one’s busy summer schedule, Michigan Blood is providing a coupon for a free Papa John’s pizza for every person who attempts to donate.

It takes more than 2200 donations to Michigan Blood every week to support the more than 40 Michigan hospitals Michigan Blood supplies. 

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).  For additional information on donating blood, check out

To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-miblood (642-5663) or click  Appointments are recommended for donor convenience, but walk-ins are welcome.


Michigan Blood Adds Two Members to Board of Directors

Derek Bailey, MSW, Consultant and former Tribal Chief
for Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Paul Keep, Director of Print for MLive Media Group


John Perras, Chairman of the Board for Michigan Blood, announced today at the June Board of Directors meeting held in Grand Rapids that two new members have accepted board positions. Derek Bailey, MSW, a Principal with 7th Legacy Consulting in Traverse City, and Paul Keep, Director of Print for the MLive Media Group, will join Michigan Blood’s board effective immediately.

Derek Bailey is based in Traverse City, where he served as the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Chairman from 2008-2012. As Tribal Chairman, Bailey also served as a Board Member of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of the Grand Traverse Resort and Casinos, and he was elected Chairman of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc., a State Board comprised of the Tribal Chairman of twelve federally recognized Tribes of Michigan. Bailey also served as Chairman of CORA (Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority) in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. As Principal of 7th Legacy Consulting, Bailey consults with businesses and community leaders on government relations, communications, training, and tribal outreach.  He also currently serves as a board member of the Suttons Bay Public Schools Board of Education, the Father Fred Foundation, and Michigan Indian Employment and Training Services; as well as an adjunct professor for Grand Valley State University’s School of Social Work (Master’s Program). He has years of experience as a prevention and substance abuse counselor and family resource specialist.

Paul Keep is a seasoned journalist who has covered much of the Lower Peninsula throughout his 30+ year career with Booth Newspapers /Mlive. He began as a reporter at the Kalamazoo Gazette, and quickly advanced to news editor at The Muskegon Chronicle, then editor of The Bay City Times and editor of The Flint Journal.  Keep was named editor of The Muskegon Chronicle in 2006 and added the publisher title in 2007. In 2009, he became editor of the company's largest newspaper, The Grand Rapids Press. In early 2012, Booth Newspapers and MLive were merged into a new company called MLive Media Group and Keep was named director of print. In this capacity, he oversees the production of the company's eight newspapers:, The Bay City Times, The Flint Journal, The Grand Rapids Press, The Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, The Muskegon Chronicle and The Saginaw News.  Keep currently serves as a trustee at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Junior Achievement of West Michigan and the Alliance for Health.

Board Chairman John Perras notes: “We are thrilled to welcome Derek and Paul to our board of directors.  The scope and diverse nature of their talents and experience is a tremendous asset and they will both provide excellent direction, balance and perspective to our board.”