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Getting Laughs While Saving Lives

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (February 12, 2017)Cancer patients receive about a third of all blood donations. With that in mind, Michigan Blood is teaming up with Blue Care Network for its sixth consecutive year to help Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and Gilda’s LaughFest by hosting blood drives on Feb. 19 and 26.

“Gilda’s Club provides cancer and grief support for people across West Michigan, just as Michigan Blood provides blood and Blue Care Network provides care,” said Wendy Wigger, president of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. “Through these blood drives, we’ll not only be saving lives, but providing much-needed support for our organization.”

That’s because for every person who attempts to donate blood during these drives, Blue Care Network will donate $10 toward LaughFest’s High Five campaign. That campaign supports the programs Gilda’s Club provides for free. (Individuals interested in donating directly to the High Five campaign may do so at

“We recognize the wonderful services Gilda’s Club and Michigan Blood provide and are proud to lend our support each year,” said Jessica Iloff, manager of Community Responsibility, Blue Care Network. “It’s important we all do our part to ensure the community receives the care it needs.” 

Anyone who attempts to donate blood at a LaughFest drive will also receive an exclusive Silipint glass or t-shirt, a High Five pin, and be entered to win free tickets to see one of the comedy festival’s shows. Additionally, comedians from across the state will be performing for donors at the Grand Rapids Donor Center on Feb. 26.

Here are more details on the LaughFest blood drives:

Grand Rapids Donor Center

1036 Fuller NE

Monday, February 26

8am – 7pm

Lowell Area Donor Site

King Memorial Youth Center

225 S Hudson Street
Monday, February 19
2pm – 7pm


About Michigan Blood
Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is a fast growing, independent, non-profit blood bank headquartered in Grand Rapids. It is the primary provider of 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 126,000 units of blood each year at eight permanent donation sites and more than 3,600 mobile blood drives in 59 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

About Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids
Gilda's Club Grand Rapids is a free emotional health support community of children, adults, families and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving a death due to any cause. Its comprehensive program, delivered by professionals, includes education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops and social activities. Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is one of the largest and busiest of the 42 affiliates in North America. The organization runs entirely on charitable donations and currently serves more than 10,000 individuals each year at its clubhouses in Grand Rapids and Lowell, Mich., in various schools and community centers. For more information, visit

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.5 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit and