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Monday
Apr152013

Michigan Blood: Proud Sponsor of the Kalamazoo Marathon/Borgess Run For The Health Of It

As a community-based blood bank, Michigan Blood embraces the opportunity to get involved with the communities we serve and the many people who are the heart of what we do: the blood donors, drive volunteers and blood recipients. That’s why Michigan Blood is proud to partner with the many hospitals around the state to take part in events that bring the community together.
 
One of those events is the Kalamazoo Marathon/Borgess Run for the Health of It, coming up on May 3-5th.  The event is expected to draw thousands of people to the streets and sidewalks of Kalamazoo as runners and walkers make their way to the finish line. One of those who will be among the 5k Runners is blood donor Amelia Martin of Galesburg. Amelia recently received her 1 gallon pin during a blood drive at the Borgess Health and Fitness Center. Amelia is a donor who knows first-hand the importance of donating blood. 

Her 7-year old son Nicholas was born with a hole in his heart and needed blood transfusions as he underwent surgeries just days after he was born. “My son had lots of medical issues,” says Amelia, “I’m trying to teach him how to give back.” When Amelia joins other runners on the race course at the Borgess run, she gets that same sense of being part of a connected community. “It makes me feel good. That’s my favorite part. I love seeing all the other people out there.”
 
The weekend of events begins on Friday May 3rd at the Kids Fun Run.  Kids who stop by the Michigan Blood display can say hello to Ruby, our blood drop mascot. Then, for runners and walkers, Michigan Blood will have a booth at the Saturday Expo at Wings Stadium. Race participants are invited to fill out their own race bib with a personalized message to wear on their backs on race day. Also, runners are invited to sign up to join others around the country by supporting upcoming blood drives and the victims of the tragic events at this year’s Boston Marathon. Then on race Day May 5th, watch for our team members from Michigan Blood who will be out running and cheering along with thousands of others at the Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Run for the Health of It 5k. We hope to see many of our donors, volunteers and those whose lives have been saved out on the course!
 
In the coming months watch for these and other events with our hospital partners:

  • Run For A Cause…Our Kids – benefitting Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital – June 15, 2013
  • Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run – benefitting Saint Mary’s Health Care – September 15, 2013
  • Bronson Children’s Hospital Walk and Run – September 29, 2013