Volunteer Spotlight - Karen Glaze
Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 9:33AM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

One year ago Karen Glaze was working in a cancer center in Cincinnati, Ohio when she received a call from her son that would change her life. Karen’s grandson, Cooper, had a black eye that wouldn’t go away and the family was becoming concerned. Cooper’s parents took him to the doctor and were shocked to discover that their son had Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that commonly affects children five or younger. Karen immediately dropped everything and drove to Grand Rapids to be with her son, daughter-in-law and grandson. 

After several trips back and forth from Cincinnati to Grand Rapids, Karen and her husband decided to sell their house—furniture included—and moved to Grand Rapids to be a support system for their son and his family. 

Karen was spending a lot of time with Cooper at the children’s hospital and one day she drove past Michigan Blood, where she noticed the sign out front asking for volunteers. Karen instantly thought that volunteering with Michigan Blood could be her way to give back. And as they say… the rest is history.

Karen has been a Michigan Blood volunteer since July 2013. Every other Wednesday evening she can be found volunteering at the Grand Rapids donor center. Karen says she loves her time at Michigan Blood and especially enjoys having conversations with all of the donors. Most times she has the whole post donation area caught up in conversation and donors end up staying well past their 15-minute wait time.

And Cooper? Well he’s now in remission and just recently returned from a trip to Disney Land.

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