Way to go, Wayne! Platelet donor hits 500 unit milestone

January 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm

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Wayne Dimmig is a dedicated platelet donor! He donated at Bloodworks’ Tukwila location on his way home from work for many years, and when he retired last March he started donating at Federal Way.

Wayne’s father was a blood donor, and started him early on it.

When Wayne moved from New York to the Pacific Northwest in 1979 to work for the Boeing Company, he donated with us at mobile drives when we would be at his work site.

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After donating whole blood for 12 years, BloodworksNW staff talked him in to trying platelet donation in 1991.

Wayne was able to balance whole blood and platelet donations until 1998, but when he started getting deferred for hematocrit at his platelet appointments, he decided to dedicate himself to platelet donation alone. Wayne knows how important platelets are for the community, and felt that apheresis would be the better choice for him if he could only do one type of donation.

Despite the challenges and a few deferrals along the way, Wayne has been an amazing contributor to the strength of our community blood supply.  This busy father even kept up his donations throughout raising his triplets!

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Wayne recently donated his 504th unit, and came in to visit is 500 unit leaf on the Federal Way Tree of Life.

Way to go, Wayne!

Inspired? Give platelets a try!

Derek’s Centralia Scholarship Drive

December 29, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Centralia High School Senior Derek Sibbald organized his second scholarship drive this December at the Centralia Community Church of God. The first drive he co-hosted with friend in late August. The August drive registered 59 whole blood donors and his December drive registered 35 whole blood donors and 5 platelet donors! Derek shares why hosting these scholarship drives has meant so much to him.

As a resident of Centralia, Derek has been very involved in the community: participating in activities with his church, community service projects, and being actively involved at Centralia High School through clubs and leadership opportunities.  In his off time, Derek enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest and cheering on the Seahawks.

Participating in clubs at school, like Future Business Leaders of America, has been one of Derek’s favorite things to do. He likes competing in events and supporting community service projects.

The big event of the year is helping at his schools very own blood drive. The blood drive at Centralia High School introduced Derek to Bloodworks Northwest, where he further learned that Bloodworks is “an absolute godsend” to the community, supplying blood to local hospitals from local donors.

Derek and his friend decided to get more involved last summer by hosting their very own scholarship blood drive in Centralia. They wanted their blood drive to help the local community thrive, while also supporting their college education.

Derek takes pride that several lives have been saved from his scholarship drives, local lives at that.

The scholarship reward is an added benefit that will support his college education at St. Martin’s University where he has been accepted and will attend as a freshman in the fall of 2017.

Derek is honored that he can now add blood drives to the many things he has done for the community, from being 6th grade camp counselor, to helping the homeless. He says that the blood drives have been the most rewarding!

High school and college students can earn money for college while saving lives! Learn more at bloodworksnw.org/scholarshipThere is no limit to the number of scholarship drives a student can host.

 

#GivingTuesday is November 29, 2016

November 21, 2016 at 4:43 pm

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#GivingTuesday is an international day of giving. Celebrated on the last Tuesday in November, #GivingTuesday offers a philanthropic alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, helping you get involved in your local community.

This #GivingTuesday, BloodworksNW offers three ways to give:

  1. Give blood: by giving blood just once you could save three lives!
  2. Give funds: your donation helps scientists at Bloodworks Research Institute find cures for diseases like blood clots and hemophilia.
  3. Give time: volunteers are critical to getting blood to people in local hospitals.

Click on an icon below to learn more and take the next step!

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BloodworksNW 2016-2017 Holiday Hours

November 14, 2016 at 10:34 am

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To ensure that our community blood supply remains stable for patients in need, our Donor Centers will have special hours and openings during the 2016-2017 holiday season.

December

Theo chocolate bars will be given out on mobile drives (while supplies last) from Monday, 12/26- Saturday, 12/31!

Centers will have fresh holiday treats during this same time period. 

Sunday, December 25 (Christmas Day)

All Centers CLOSED

Monday, December 26th

All Centers normally open on Mondays (including Lane Blood Center) open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m, plus:

  • Everett: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Bellingham: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Silverdale: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, December 30th

All Centers normally open on Fridays  open regular hours, plus Federal Way: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

January

Sunday, January 1, 2017 (New Year’s Day)

All Centers CLOSED

Monday, January 2nd

All Centers normally open on Mondays open regular hours, plus

  • Everett: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Bellingham: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Silverdale: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, January 6th

All Centers normally open on Fridays open regular hours, plus Federal Way: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Make your appointment at schedule.bloodworksnw.org or by calling 1-800-398-7888.

Rebook & Win: Dinner & a Movie

November 1, 2016 at 9:56 am

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Register to donate blood, platelets, plasma, or red cells in November and rebook your next appointment before you leave to be entered to win two gift cards: one $50 Red Robin gift card and one $25 Fandango gift card.

It’s a perfect night out!

One entry per donor and we will pull the drawing winners on December 2. One winner at every donor center.

Make your appointment at schedule.bloodworksnw.org or by calling us at 1-800-398-7888

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