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Randi Pennington – A true "Mission Moment"

Every once in a while a story comes along that reminds us all why we are here at Michigan Blood. Five-year-old Randi Pennington’s story does just that. Inspired by a friend’s scary experience in the hospital, Randi is trying to make a lifesaving difference of her own.
    After watching her friend, Liza Brouwer, and Liza’s older sister Lily fight Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (an illness caused by exposure to E. coli), Randi drew pictures for the girls and asked her mom, Lesley, how they were doing. When both Liza and Lily needed blood transfusions, the Pennington’s realized they could
do something more.
    As a Daisy Scout for Troop 4041 of the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, Randi
is selling cookies. Girl Scout cookies. And for the third year in a row, Michigan Blood is the Gift of Caring Organization. That means all cookies sold and marked as “Cookies Boxes Donated” come to Michigan Blood.
    So Randi and her parents decided to promote the little-known fact that people could buy cookies and have them donated. Since adding this to her pitch, Randi’s sales have
exploded. She has sold over 500 boxes of cookies and will continue to sell until the orders are due. She even has a local company, Christian Brothers Automotive, helping her by
accepting orders on her behalf.
    When asked why she is doing this, Randi says “because Michigan Blood helped Lily
and Liza.”  See WZZM13’s coverage of Randi’s story here.