Laughter IS Good Medicine
Monday, February 11, 2013 at 8:40AM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

Michigan Blood to Host Benefit Blood Drive for Gilda’s Club GR

Blue Care Network to Underwrite $10 Donation for Every Person Who Attempts to Give Blood with Matching Grant Provided by The Wege Foundation   •  Participants Eligible to Win Raffle Tickets to LaughFest

As the saying goes, “laughter is good medicine” and Michigan Blood, in partnership with Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, Gilda’s LaughFest, Blue Care Network of Michigan, and The Wege Foundation, are out to prove it.   Together, they will host a special day long blood drive to support the children and adults of all ages who turn to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids to support during their journey with cancer or grief and, true to their namesake Gilda Radner, find ways to laugh along the way. The blood drive will be held:

March 4, 2013
8 am – 7 pm

1036 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids
(South of Leonard, north of I-196 interchange)

With underwriting from Blue Care Network of Michigan, a $10 donation will be made to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ High Five Children’s Grief Program for every person who attempts to donate during the special event. The Wege Foundation will match the amount raised, providing further support for grieving children who need to find their smile in the midst of what they are experiencing. Participants also will be eligible to win LaughFest tickets to:

Erik Wolenberg, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and Gilda’s LaughFest, notes: “We are thrilled that Michigan Blood and Blue Care Network are hosting this blood drive on our behalf. Cancer patients often need red blood and platelet transfusions to help counter the effects of their treatment and their loved ones often ask how they can help. By supporting the blood drive, they can help cancer patients at all of our local hospitals and a financial gift will be made in their name to Gilda’s Club’s High Five Children’s Grief Program. Plus, they may win some great LaughFest tickets. It’s a win-win-win for all … as we say, ‘we’re in this together.’ "

To donate blood, you must be 17 years of age (16 with parent or guardian permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, and pass the health screening.  Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments are preferred for donors’ convenience.  To schedule an appointment, call 1-866.233.miblood (642-5663), or online at

For more information about Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, click here.

For the LaughFest line up (March 7 – 17), click here.

For information on ticket packages which blood drive participants are eligible to win:


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