Donors

Wednesday
Mar122014

David Armbruster - Blood and Platelet Donor

Like so many other blood donors, David Armbruster wants and expects nothing in return for his donation.

“I get enough just knowing that I may have made a difference in someone’s life,” David said.

As a 15-gallon donor, David has a long-standing commitment to blood donation, but he also has personal experience on his side.

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Wednesday
Feb262014

Jen Dougherty - Her Reason To Donate

Jen Dougherty comes from a family of dedicated blood donors, but for whatever reason she always found an excuse not to donate...until her son Caleb was born in 2010.

“We found out at our 18-week ultrasound that Caleb had a very serious heart defect and if he was going to have a chance at survival, he would need surgery shortly after birth,” Jen explained.

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Wednesday
Feb052014

Laura M. - A Mother And Her Newborn Son

Mothers are notorious for solving problems and doing anything and everything to help their children, but sometimes they’re left without the ability to help.

Blood donor Laura M. knows the feeling first hand.

Her son, Jonathan, was born four months early, at 23 weeks in July 2012, on the cusp of viability. Severe anemia plagued him early on and his bones were not developed enough to make an adequate amount of red blood cells to support his breathing.

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Friday
Nov082013

Greg Pedelty – Platelet Donor

About every six weeks, Greg Pedelty gets a phone call from Michigan Blood asking him to donate platelets for a patient in the hospital who has a specific match for his blood. The patient is platelet-dependent and because they have received so many transfusions, they have developed certain antibodies, which means they can only receive platelets from a small number of people, called HLA donors.

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Monday
Jan282013

Joe Engel: Donating Blood to Make a Difference

by Tom Rademacher, former columnist for the Grand Rapids Press

Joe Engel says he gives blood – 18 gallons to date – because he was talked into it by a former girlfriend he’d met while in college. But the more time you spend with him, one wonders if the reason isn’t just as closely tied to a lesson in grace that he learned during the same period in his life – inside a grimy service station on a cold winter’s night.

Nearly 40 years have passed, but Joe can still see his former boss, John Devine, performing an act of compassion that completely belied the gruff Irishman’s rugged exterior.

A family had limped their car into Devine’s Enco service station – long gone now – on a busy street corner in southeast Grand Rapids.

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Thursday
Nov012012

Mariah Sika – Stem Cell Donor

This year 21-year-old Mariah Sika didn't mind staying indoors on a beautiful late-September day; she was busy saving a life. Four years after joining the National Marrow Donor Program's (NMDP) Be The Match Registry®, the Traverse City, Michigan native was told she was a potential bone marrow match for a woman she has never met.

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Friday
Dec092011

Kevin Marion - Stem Cell Donor

Kevin Marion, 29 of Rochester, who donated peripheral blood stem cells on November 22, became Michigan Blood's 500th donor. Michigan Blood, as part of the National Marrow Donor Program's Be the Match Registry, recruits potential marrow donors for patients across the country and around the world. Kevin's patient is a 57-year-old man who lives abroad. 

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Friday
Dec092011

Dick Benjamin - 35 Gallon Donor

Dick Benjamin, 62, from Holland, started donating blood when he was a teenager. In May of 2011, he hit the 35 gallon mark, making Dick one of Michigan Blood's top donors. “I’m not a very talented person, but the Lord gave me this gift,” said Dick. “I once lost someone very near and dear to me and I had extra time with him because of blood donors.”

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Friday
Dec092011

Tom Baird - 30 Gallon Blood Donor

“I believe that I’m now the second-highest gallon level donor in this region [Great Lakes Bay], the highest being Eldon Hall,” said Tom Baird of Bay City, MI, who recently reached the 30 gallon mark. “I donated my first pint to Michigan Blood on 12/28/1973 and have [been donating regularly] ever since. I have every donor card since the first donation.”

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