Coopersville Girl Determined to Help Save Mom's Life
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 11:56AM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

Shelby Lynn MeintsmaMichigan Blood is hosting a blood drive to help an eleven-year-old girl continue her very personal mission to save lives. Shelby Lynn Meintsma’s mother, Catherine, has a rare disease, Evan’s Syndrome, which causes Catherine to need multiple blood transfusions at a moments notice.  “I want to help make sure the blood is there when people like my mom need it,” said Shelby. “I don’t want other kids to be worried about if the blood will be there for their family members.”

Shelby is hosting a blood drive with Michigan Blood at their main donor center at 1036 Fuller Ave NE on Monday, February 13 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and everyone who attempts to donate will get registered in a drawing to win a $200 gift card from Meijer. “We are excited to host a blood drive in honor of Shelby and Catherine.  Blood donation is an exceptionally selfless gift; it is the gift of life and for Shelby to be so young and understand the importance of blood donation, that is another true gift,” said Jim Childress, Vice President of Community Relations at Michigan Blood.

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 (preferred, but not required) can be made online at or by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD.

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