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Tribute to Local Pioneer Who Helped Save Hundreds of Thousands of Lives

Blood Donations Sought as a Tribute to
Sharon Childs – She Started Michigan Blood
in Traverse City and is Retiring after 43 years  

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Michigan Blood invites the Grand Traverse Bay community to celebrate the impactful role Sharon Childs has played in securing a safe andadequate blood supply for
Munson Medical Center and more than 40 other Michigan-based hospitals. Childs is retiring from Michigan Blood after 43 years of service. In 1994, she moved her family to Traverse City from Saginaw to help establish Michigan Blood as the provider of blood locally. Since then, Childs has played a leading role in the collection of more than 204,589 units of blood. 

A Sharon Childs Tribute Day Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, March 27th from 10:30 am – 6 pm at the Michigan Blood Donor Center at 2575 Aero Park Drive (Map It). Every person who attempts to donate will receive a $10 Meijer gift card and raise money for a local charity. Safe Harbor will receive $10 from Michigan Blood for every attempted donation during the Tribute drive. Safe Harbor is a faith-based ministry offering love and service to the homeless of the Traverse City area through emergency shelter, meals, community, and encouragement to move forward in a positive direction in their lives. It’s a charity that Sharon Child’s has supported for many years and it was chosen at her request.

Bill Rietscha, Michigan Blood’s President and CEO, notes: “Michigan Blood has been fortunate to have Sharon Childs as a dedicated leader and associate for the past 43 years. What better way to honor Sharon than by hosting a blood drive in her name that will benefit the community she loves.”  

Appointments are encouraged; to schedule a time to donate or to learn more, call 1.866.642-5663.