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Michigan Blood Joins Gilda’s Club of Lowell For Pink Arrow Pride

Gilda’s Club of Lowell receives $10 for every person who attempts to donate at July 29 blood drive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 23, 2014) – Thanks to the efforts of Nancy Brinker, sister to Susan G. Komen, and thousands around the world, the color pink is synonymous with the fight against breast cancer. Since 1982, Brinker and others have gone on to raise awareness and millions of dollars for the cause. In 2008, the Lowell High School football team joined the movement, suiting up in pink jerseys to host the first Pink Arrow Pride game and help raise money and awareness for cancer. To date they’ve raised over $1 million.

In 2010, Michigan Blood joined the Pink Arrow Pride movement, hosting a blood drive to raise funds for Gilda’s Club and raise awareness for the connection between donating blood and fighting cancer. In fact, 33 percent of blood products (red cells and platelets) are given to cancer patients to help offset the effects of their condition or treatment.

On Tuesday, July 29, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Michigan Blood returns to host their annual blood drive at Gilda’s Club in Lowell (314 S. Hudson Street, across from the Kent County Fairgrounds.). Michigan Blood will donate $10 to the Gilda’s Club of Lowell Pink Arrow Project for every person who signs in to donate during this drive. In four years, Michigan Blood, with the generous support of blood donors, has raised over $5,000 to underwrite cancer support efforts at Gilda’s Club in Lowell.

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

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate. Blood donors should bring photo ID. For additional information on donating blood, please visit www.miblood.org.

About Michigan Blood
Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is a fast growing, independent, non-profit blood bank headquartered in Grand Rapids. It provides blood products and services for more than 40 hospitals throughout Michigan and is an established leader in quality and service. Michigan Blood collects more than 120,000 units of blood each year at nine permanent donation sites and more than 3,700 mobile blood drives in 37 counties statewide. Michigan Blood has a nationally recognized stem cell (marrow) program and created Michigan’s first public cord blood bank. In addition, Michigan Blood provides therapeutic apheresis, cellular therapies for the treatment of cancer and transfusion medicine consultations. For more information, visit www.miblood.org.