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The Verdict Is In: ‘Michigan Blood Saves Lives, Including Mine’

Retired Judge Faye Harrison Weighs in on Her Experience from Blood Donor to Recipient

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (April  1, 2016) – While giving blood for the first time as a freshman at Michigan State University, Faye Harrison was approached by an ROTC commanding officer who wanted to thank her and other donors. “If it weren’t for people like you,” the officer said, “I would have died on the battlefield.” 

The officer’s presence put a real face to the need. The experience would inspire her to become a loyal blood donor and advocate over the next 50 years. 

Just like Michigan Blood, Retired Judge Faye Harrison is committed to the great state of Michigan. She was born in Marquette, grew up in Saginaw, and attended both Michigan State University for undergrad and the University of Michigan for law school. For 33 years she served as a juvenile and family court judge in Saginaw County until retiring in 2014. 

It was during her service in Saginaw County that Judge Harrison would experience what it felt like to be on the other side of the blood bag.

After collapsing at work, Judge Harrison was rushed to the hospital. She had been experiencing undetected bleeding caused by an ulcerated stomach.

“It’s hard to describe waking up in the Intensive Care Unit, momentarily panicking, turning your head to see the blood being transfused into your arm,” she explains. “But then I realized I was already getting stronger. I knew from that moment that I was going to be alright.”

Multiple blood transfusions had helped save her life.

Only a year later, Judge Harrison inadvertently took medicine that caused her ulcer to begin bleeding again. She was rushed to the emergency room after fainting, and received a second round of blood transfusions.

 “That time I was able to return to work the next day thanks to the blood I received and the able ER physicians,” she says. “All of my treatments were at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, and my gift of life came from Michigan Blood.”

Blood donation has since come full circle for Retired Judge Harrison.

She’s been a longtime blood donor and donation advocate. She’s experienced the gift of having blood available for a loved one who desperately needed it, and her own life was saved more than once through that same gift. All of these experiences have led her to become a loyal volunteer at Michigan Blood.

For Retired Judge Harrison, the verdict is in for those who donate blood:

“As a person whose life was saved by your generosity and as a person who got to spend one more holiday with a loved parent because you gave – everything you go through to donate is worth it,” she says. “You are giving a precious and irreplaceable gift.”

Michigan Blood thanks Retired Judge Harrison for her dedication to the mission of saving lives through blood donation, and joins her in challenging others to spread the word about the never-ending need for blood.

Michigan Blood is the sole provider of blood and blood products for more than 60 hospitals in Michigan, including Spectrum Health, Metro Health, and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Donations given outside of Michigan Blood do not have direct local impact. Donating blood with Michigan Blood helps save the lives of patients in Michigan hospitals. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate. Blood donors should bring photo ID. We are currently in urgent need of O-Negative blood donations. Due to school spring breaks, typical Michigan weather swings and other factors, we are experiencing lower than expected blood collections, and we are striving to maintain a safe level of inventory. For additional information on donating blood, and to make an appointment, visit

About Michigan Blood

Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is a fast growing, independent, non-profit blood bank headquartered in Grand Rapids. It provides blood products and services for more than 60 hospitals throughout Michigan and is an established leader in quality and service. Michigan Blood collects more than 125,000 units of blood each year at nine permanent donation sites and more than 3,600 mobile blood drives in 40 counties statewide. Michigan Blood has a nationally recognized stem cell (marrow) program and created Michigan’s first public cord blood bank. In addition, Michigan Blood provides therapeutic apheresis, cellular therapies for the treatment of cancer and transfusion medicine consultations. For more information, visit



Blood Drive at Michigan International Women's Show

Save lives on your next girls’ day and receive free admission to the Women’s Show

Why not save lives on your next girls’ day? Michigan Blood invites the community to a blood drive at the Michigan International Women’s Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.

Visit the Michigan Blood bus parked outside the Suburban Collection Showplace on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive free admission to the Michigan International Women’s Show. Those who have already purchased a ticket will receive a free Women’s Show bag.

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Blood Drive to Honor 9/11 Victims on 15th Anniversary

Michigan Blood partners with Michigan International Speedway for annual ‘Spirit of America’ Blood Drive

The Spirit of America blood drive will return to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan and it promises to be just as memorable as in years past. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

What began in 2002 as a tribute to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11, has now evolved into so much more. This event isn’t just a blood drive - it’s a unique opportunity for the community to honor and remember all those affected by 9/11. Since its inception in 2002, the Spirit of America blood drive has collected more than 10,194 blood products, potentially helping save more than 30,438 lives.

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Blood Drive in Honor of Kalamazoo County's Mass Shooting Victims

Michigan Blood will donate to fund to help the victims and their families

Michigan Blood invites the community to a blood drive in honor of the victims of Kalamazoo County’s mass shooting. It will take place on Tuesday, March 1 at Michigan Blood’s Kalamazoo Area Donation Center at 524 East Milham Avenue in Portage, from noon until 7 p.m.
On behalf of the donors, Michigan Blood will donate to the “Help Now!” fund set up by the Battle Creek Community Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. The fund will help pay for special financial needs of the victims and their families, as well as community counseling, healing, and safety services that address the aftermath of violence.

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Blood Drives Scheduled In Conjunction With LaughFest To Benefit Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

Michigan Blood and Blue Care Network partner for fourth year in a row to support Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

It’s often said laughter is the best medicine. Unfortunately for many, laughter simply isn’t enough. So for the fourth year in a row, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids (GCGR) and LaughFest are partnering with Michigan Blood and Blue Care Network to host blood drives leading up to LaughFest. The drives will be held February 29-March 3, 2016.

“We are thankful for this partnership with Michigan Blood and Blue Care Network,” said Wendy Wigger, president, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. “Many cancer patients rely on blood product transfusions. Donating blood is a great way for loved ones, and even complete strangers, to make a real difference in the health of patients in need.”

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