News Releases

Monday
Jun172013

Michigan Blood Partners with Berlin Raceway

Participants in June 29 blood drive to receive free ticket, food and chance to win $500 promotional packet

 

Blood and car racing may not conjure up a positive picture, but in this case, Michigan Blood and the Berlin Raceway have put together a winning scenario.  On Saturday, Michigan Blood will host a blood drive at the Berlin Raceway (2060 Berlin Fair Drive in Marne, Michigan) from 4-7 pm. All eligible persons who attempt to donate blood will receive a free ticket to Saturday’s race, $3 off on a ticket for a friend, and a meal voucher.  Participants also will be entered to win a $500 valued Berlin Raceway package which includes a 2014 Season Pass, an 8-lap ride along in the “Ride of a Lifetime” 2-seater car, a t-shirt, cap, water bottle, and key chain.  The winner will be announced at the race on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

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 www.miblood.org/donating-blood, 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 www.miblood.org.

Monday
Jun172013

Big Blood Drives at Big Ticket Festival!

Michigan Blood Partners with THE BIG TICKET Festival

June 21-22, 2013 Blood Drive to benefit World Orphans

 

The Big Ticket Festival is pleased to announce its renewed partnership with Michigan Blood for the 2013 Festival at the Otsego County Fairgrounds in Gaylord, Michigan.  Michigan Blood will be hosting a cause-based blood drive on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, from 10 am – 6 pm on the Festival Grounds. For each eligible person who attempts to donate blood, Michigan Blood will donate $11 to the World Orphans Haiti Project. 

The Big Ticket festival is a faith-based, nondenominational event featuring Christian rock groups, speakers, and Camp Rock (Kids’ Stage with Music, Karaoke, and Dance Parties, Giant Sandbox with Hidden Treasures to Discover, Wacky Family Photo Booth, Petting Zoo, Make Your Own Tie Dye Shirts, Climbing Wall and other Inflatables). For ticket information, check out: http://bigticketfestival.com/artists/main-stage-1213/

At the 2012 Festival, Michigan Blood partnered with The Big Ticket and raised over $2500 for Traffic Jam. The TRAFFIC JAM Campaign "jams" up the traffic of children into sex slavery and child militias by funding trafficking prevention, rescue and aftercare programs around the world.

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 (APRIL 25th). Potential donors that are 16 years old should read the information provided on the Michigan Blood website by following this www.miblood.org/donating-blood, and bring their signed consent form.

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

Monday
Jun172013

Love Michigan, Love Saving Lives

Michigan-Based Businesses Join Effort to Encourage Local Summer Blood Donation


There is so much to love about Michigan in the summertime! It’s no surprise that as the weather warms up, the community blood supply experiences a “summer-slump” as many people are out and about enjoying all that Michigan has to offer. That’s why several Michigan based businesses are teaming up with Michigan Blood to give people a chance to show their state pride while boosting the local blood supply.

Anyone who attempts to donate during the annual Love Michigan blood drive at Michigan Blood donor centers throughout the Lower Peninsula will receive a thank-you gift bag with Michigan-made products. The reusable bag provided by Meijer will include a special-edition retro “Say Yes to Michigan” t-shirt (a $28 value from The Mitten State) along with other donated products from Old Orchard Juice, Better Made Potato Chips, and Country Fresh Ice Cream.                              

"We're thrilled to be a part of the Michigan Blood summer blood drive for a third consecutive year,” says Will Bransdorfer, Co-Founder of The Mitten State. “It's a pleasure to see the event grow in popularity each successive summer and to see our fans get excited to give back to the community. It's an event that makes us proud to be from Michigan."

“We know how much people treasure this state and the local communities,” said Jim Childress, Vice President of Community Relations at Michigan Blood. “Love Michigan is a fun way to bring people together for a common cause to support more than 40 Michigan hospitals, and all the patients who are counting on lifesaving blood donations.”

It takes more than 2200 donations to Michigan Blood every week to support the more than 40 Michigan hospitals Michigan Blood supplies. The Love Michigan event will help assure that those numbers stay strong even in the heart of the summer season. Dates and times vary by location. Appointments are strongly recommended.

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).

Appointments are recommended for donor convenience.  Walk ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-miblood (642-5663) or click https://donate.miblood.org/portal/.


Love Michigan Schedule of Events: 


    Grand Rapids Donor Center


        1036 Fuller NE
        Grand Rapids


July 1, 2, 3: 8 am – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 4 pm

    Saginaw Valley Church
    of the Nazarene

        1815 Tittabawassee Road
        Saginaw

July 1, 2, 3: 8 am – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 3:30 pm

    Bay City Donor Center

        1017 N. Johnson
        Bay City

July 1: 8 am – 3:30 pm
July 3: 12 noon – 7 pm

    Dow Diamond Donor Center

        825 E. Main St.
        Midland

July 1, 2 3: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
July 5: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

    Midland Donor Center
    MidMichigan Medical Center

        4005 Orchard Drive
        Midland

July 2: 12 noon – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 3:30 pm

    Traverse City Donor Center

        2575 Aero Park Drive
        Traverse City

July 1, 2, 3: 10:30 am – 6 pm
July 5: 7:30 am – 3 pm

    St. Joseph Donor Center

        2710 Cleveland Ave.
        St. Joseph

July 1 & 2: 11 am – 7 pm

    Kalamazoo Area Donor Center

        524 E. Milham Ave.
        Portage

July 3: 11 am – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 4 pm

 

Friday
Jun142013

Michigan Blood Partners With Boy Scouts

Michigan Blood’s Partnership with Boy Scouts Supports Motto of Helping Others

Summer Step Up Blood Drives to Raise Money for Scout Camp Improvements

As Boy Scouts progress from Cub Scouts to Eagle Scouts, they master plenty of skills and teach others what they have learned.  At the core of their development is service to others. Consequently, it is this focus that fostered the partnership with Michigan Blood and three Boy Scout camps this summer. Camp Rotary in Clare, Cole Canoe Base in Alger, and Gerber Scout Reservation in Twin Lake will be teaching their young scouts about the importance of donating blood to save lives in their communities. Each camp will host weekend blood drives, and campers 16 years and older as well as staff members will be encouraged to donate (16 year olds must have written permission from a parent or guardian). Younger scouts will be encouraged to recruit family and friends who are 16 years and older to donate.  In support of their efforts, Michigan Blood will make a $10 donation to the hosting camp on behalf of everyone who attempts to donate. The proceeds will be used for camp improvements and future community service projects.


The dates and times for the participating camps are as follows:

    CAMP

     DATES/TIMES

LOCATION

    Camp Rotary
    3201 S. Clare Avenue
    Clare MI 48617

     Every Thursday
     June 27-August 1, 2013
     1:00 – 5:00 pm
     (Except July 4, 2013)

 

Basement of Central
Dining Hall

    Cole Canoe Base
    1356 Greenwood Rd
    Alger, MI 48610

 

     Every Friday
     June 28-August 2, 2013
     9:00 am – 1:00 pm
     (Except July 5, 2013)

 

Vehicle building on
the blood bus

 

    Gerber Scout Reservation
    1733 Owasippe Rd
    Twin Lake, MI 49457

     Every Friday
     June 21-August 2, 2013
     10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Centennial Lodge on the Blood Bus

 

 

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 www.miblood.org.

Alison DeBoer, the Donor Relations Specialist coordinating the drives for Michigan Blood, notes: “This is a terrific partnership with the Scouts as donating blood to help save a life is an ideal way to fulfill their scout motto of serving others and teaching what they have learned. It is also a win-win as Michigan Blood will be donating $10 to the hosting camp for every person who attempts to donate.”

Wednesday
Jun122013

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day Recognizes
92 Million Selfless Heroes Worldwide

Michigan Blood Pays Tribute to Donors Statewide – Shares TOP TEN Stories


They are co-workers, family members, classmates and neighbors … the everyday people that save lives of strangers. On Friday, June 14th millions of blood donors will be recognized as part of World Blood Donor Day.

Blood collection from voluntary donors is the cornerstone of a safe and sufficient blood supply. At Michigan Blood, more than 100,000 donors help serve the needs of hospitals around the state. These donors assure that patients who are suffering from massive trauma, undergoing surgery, or in need of cancer therapy have the blood needed to stay alive.

On the week of June 14th, Michigan Blood is recognizing its highest level donors, those who have given multiple gallons of blood throughout their years of donating.

Considering it takes eight pints to make up a gallon, many of these donors have made more than 250 trips to blood centers or mobile blood drives throughout the course of their donation history. Michigan Blood’s top ten donors gave a total of 346 gallons, which means they potentially helped more than 8,300 people!

Michigan Blood Top 10 Donors Statewide*

38 gallons      William Sebold, Frankenmuth
37 gallons      Kenneth Appleton, Flint
37 gallons      Dick Benjamin, Holland
37 gallons      Jack Nelson, Big Rapids
35 gallons      Thomas Muller, Coopersville
34 gallons      Melvin Wood, Rockford
32 gallons      Mark Mortensen, Kent City
32 gallons      Robert Fowler, Saginaw
32 gallons      Elmer Scholten, Jenison
32 gallons      Jerald Vincent, Hemlock

* Statewide numbers as of March 2013. This list does not include apheresis-only donors. This special group of dedicated apheresis donors will be recognized in an upcoming campaign – stay tuned for details.


Dick Benjamin from Holland was still in high school the first time he donated blood. He almost passed a blood drive on his way home from work, but felt compelled to turn around and has been donating ever since. “I knew that blood has this element in it called life,” says Dick. “It can’t be artificially manufactured and it can only come from one place: a donor.”

Jenison resident Elmer Scholten has donated 32 gallons. He began donating when his friend had heart surgery and needed blood right away. Although Elmer first donated to help his friend, he’s continued donating because he believes it’s a duty. “The most important one is the first one,” he says. “Once you start, there’s nothing to it.”

We invite the public to stop by our donor center between June 14-June 28 during our regularly scheduled donor hours to find out more about what inspired these lifesavers to start donating, and what motivates them to keep on giving. Visitors who want to donate can schedule an appointment at 1-866-MIBlood or miblood.org. 

About World Blood Donor Day

From the World Health Organization (WHO): World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on 14 June every year, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. 92 Million blood donations are made worldwide each year.  62 countries collect 100% of blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors.  The slogan marking this year’s 10th World Donor Day is "Give the gift of life: donate blood."  Many patients requiring transfusion, particularly in developing countries, do not have timely access to safe blood. Regular voluntary blood donors are the safest source of blood, as there are fewer blood borne infections among these donors than among people who donate for family members in emergencies or who give blood for payment. In low- and middle-income countries, the greatest use of donated blood is for pregnancy-related complications and severe childhood anemia.  In high-income countries, transfusion is most commonly used for supportive care in heart surgery, transplant surgery, massive trauma and cancer therapy.