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May042016

Memorial Day Weekend: Give For Those Who Gave

Donate at Michigan Blood in Honor of Those Who Died While Serving Our Country


GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (May 4, 2016)
– On a fall day back in 2011, Michigan Blood employee Hope Bissell Clark was serving overseas as an Army horizontal construction engineer, hard at work in war-torn Afghanistan. To help inform friends and loved ones of her status, Hope posted this on her Facebook page:

“Just wanted to let everyone know that im doing good. Alot of stuff going on over here, thats for sure. just want u all to know that ive got my head up and looking everywhere! safe safe safe is my plan! Miss u all!

Little did Hope realize at the time how close she came to sharing her last ever Facebook post. Just days later, a convoy in which she was driving was ambushed, resulting in a firefight that lasted some 20 minutes. 

“Actually, when the first (blast) hit, I didn’t know what had happened,” Hope says. “It’s like it all happened in slow-motion. I felt like we were doing to die there."

Hope was airlifted to a military hospital in Germany, where she was treated for wounds serious enough to earn her a Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge. Though Hope never required a transfusion while recuperating, the incident helped to underscore for her the importance of blood products, especially during wartime.

Hope’s family, children, friends, and coworkers at Michigan Blood are so thankful for her service, bravery, and survival. There have been many before and after her who have lost their lives while selflessly serving in our armed forces.

This Memorial Day weekend, donate at Michigan Blood in honor of those who died while serving our country. You’ll create a bloodline that saves lives and makes you a hero in our eyes. With our thanks, you’ll also receive a $10 Meijer gift card.

“Everybody has their reasons for giving or not giving,” Hope adds. “But actually,” she says of an act that requires less than an hour, “you could be saving another person’s life.”

Check out the Michigan Blood “Give for Those Who Gave” schedule of event dates and times for your local donation center below. Appointments are preferred for donor convenience, but not mandatory. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) or schedule online through our donor portal.

Thursday, May 26 • 11 am – 7 pm
Dow Diamond Donor Center
Grand Rapids Donor Center
Grandville Donor Center
Saginaw Donor Center
Traverse City Donor Center

Friday, May 27 • 8 am – 4 pm
Grand Rapids Donor Center
Kalamazoo Donor Center
Midland Donor Center
Saginaw Donor Center

Saturday, May 28 • 8 am – 4 pm
Grand Rapids Donor Center
Kalamazoo Donor Center
Saginaw Donor Center

Monday, May 30 • 8 am – 4 pm
Bay City Donor Center
Dow Diamond Donor Center
Grand Rapids Donor Center
Saginaw Donor Center
St. Joseph Donor Center
Traverse City Donor Center

 

 Michigan Blood is the sole provider of blood and blood products for more than 60 hospitals in Michigan, including Spectrum Health, Beaumont Hospitals, and MidMichigan Medical Centers. Donations given outside of Michigan Blood do not have direct local impact. Donating blood with Michigan Blood helps save the lives of patients in Michigan hospitals. 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. We are currently in urgent need of O-Negative blood donations.

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 60 hospitals throughout Michigan and is an established leader in quality and service. Michigan Blood collects more than 125,000 units of blood each year at nine permanent donation sites and more than 3,600 mobile blood drives in 40 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.