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Michigan Blood Partners with Gilda's Club – Lowell for Pink Arrow Pride

$10 Donation to Gilda’s Club – Lowell for every person who attempts to donate at July 30th blood drive  

Thanks to the efforts of Nancy Brinker, sister to Susan G. Komen, and thousands around the world, the color pink is nearly synonymous with the fight against breast cancer. Since 1982, Brinker and supporters have raised awareness and millions of dollars, using the pink ribbon on everything from apparel to trash barrels to paper products … and even athletes do so. In 2007, the Lowell High School football team joined the movement, suiting up in pink jerseys to host Pink Arrow Pride to help raise money for their local Gilda’s Club cancer support center. Their efforts helped raise $800,000 in five years.   

In 2010, Michigan Blood joined the Pink Arrow Pride efforts, hosting a blood drive to raise money for Gilda’s Club – and equally important, raising awareness of the close connection between donating blood and fighting cancer. Thirty-three (33) percent of blood products (red cells and platelets) are given to cancer patients to help offset the side effects of chemotherapy. In three years, Michigan Blood, with the support of its generous blood donors, have helped more than 500 patients  and raised over $3000 to underwrite cancer support efforts at the Gilda’s Club in Lowell.

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, from 10 am – 7 pm, Michigan Blood will be hosting a blood drive at the Gilda’s Club in Lowell (314 S. Hudson Street, across from the Kent County Fairgrounds.). Michigan Blood will make a $10 donation to the Gilda’s Club Lowell Pink Arrow Project for every person who attempts to donate blood during the drive. 

To donate, you must be 17 years old (16 with written parent’s/guardian’s consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and pass the health screening. You also may not have donated whole blood within the past 56 days of attempting to donate. Potential donors that are 16 years old should read the information provided on the Michigan Blood website by following this LINK, and bring their signed permission form.

Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID). For additional information on donating blood, check out www.miblood.org.

Teresa Beachum, coordinator for the Pink Arrow Pride blood drive on behalf of Gilda’s Club, notes: “Unfortunately, everyone knows someone who has had cancer or is fighting it, yet far less people know about how important blood therapy is to the cancer patient.  When loved ones ask how they can help, we encourage them to find a Michigan Blood drive and donate, as the blood stays local to help their family and neighbors.” 

Carole Gentry, BSN, RN, Clinical Services Manager of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Lacks Cancer Center, a major sponsor of the Pink Arrow Pride event; echoes Beachum’s comments. “Making the connection between donating blood and helping people with cancer is so important. Red cell transfusions and platelets help counterbalance some of the effects of chemo treatments. Anyone who has watched a loved one struggle knows that an hour out of their day to help is the best feeling in the world. And donating as part of the Pink Arrow Pride event helps raise money for cancer support through Gilda’s Club. It is truly a win-win-win.”