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Feb202017

Blood drives scheduled during LaughFest to benefit Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

Michigan Blood and Blue Care Network partner for fifth year in a row to support Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s often said laughter is the best medicine. Unfortunately for many, laughter simply isn’t enough. So for the fifth year in a row, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and LaughFest are partnering with Michigan Blood and Blue Care Network to host blood drives during LaughFest. The drives will be held February 27 through March 13, 2017. 

"Almost one third of blood donations go to patients receiving treatment for cancer, which makes this partnership a natural fit for Gilda’s Club," said Wendy Wigger, president, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. "Many of the cancer patients and families we support have experienced first-hand the need for blood transfusions. Donating blood is a great way for anyone to make a real difference in the health and lives of patients in need." 

For every person who attempts to donate blood during these special drives, Blue Care Network will donate $10 towards LaughFest’s High Five campaign, which supports the free emotional healthcare, cancer, and grief support programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. Individuals interested in donating directly to the High Five campaign may do so at www.laughfestgr.org

"Blue Care Network is excited to partner with Gilda’s Club and Michigan Blood, giving donors an opportunity to double their impact," said Jessica Iloff, manager of Community Responsibility, Blue Care Network. "By donating blood, you can be the gift of life for a patient in need. And through the contribution to the High Five campaign, your blood donation also benefits the support programs offered by Gilda’s Club."

Additionally, anyone who attempts to donate blood during these drives will receive a t-shirt and a High Five button. Donors will also be entered to win free tickets to see hilarious LaughFest shows.

LaughFest blood drives are being held at the following locations: 

Grand Rapids Donor Center 
1036 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids
Monday, February 27: 8 am – 7 pm

Grandville Donor Center
Grandville United Methodist Church
3140 Wilson Avenue SE
Thursday, March 2: 12:00 – 7:00pm

Lowell Area Donor Site
King Memorial Youth Center
225 S Hudson Street
Monday, March 13: 2:00 – 7:00pm