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

Kevin’s story: blood donation and BBQ

September 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm

 

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Meet Kevin Jones and his girlfriend, Debbie. Kevin is a double red cell donor at BloodworksNW’s Olympia Donor Center.

Kevin came in to present us with a donation of $1113 today! Kevin puts on fundraising events, and this year he chose BloodworksNW as the recipient of money raised at the Annual Greasy Biker & Neighbor BBQ.

The Greasy Biker & Neighbor BBQ started in Kevin’s backyard, but the event grew. Past attendees wanted to camp out overnight. And thought a band and bike show would be great too.

Today, it’s an extravaganza of bikes, beer, and BBQ pork, chicken, steamers, and oysters.

Kevin believes in BloodworksNW’s mission, and always wants to do good for his community. A couple of years ago, Kevin raised funds for a friend who was undergoing cancer treatment. His friend had a single-income family, and Kevin wanted to do something to alleviate some of their financial stresses.

Kevin’s generosity will go towards our fundraising efforts for a new Mini Bus in Olympia. He is happy to know that the money will help community blood drives in Mason and Thurston counties.

Thank you, Kevin!

Your financial contributions make a difference! Make a gift online.

Doubling the odds: Gina’s cord blood story

August 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

gina-healthyIn the summer of 2012, Gina Grein was constantly tired. She thought it was from working two jobs and needing extra rest. In November, Gina noticed a large bruise on her calf, but figured she had just run into something. Her sister had been diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), and Gina’s focus was on her sister’s health.

Her dentist even noticed that her gums had even changed color, but they felt perhaps a change in toothpaste was to blame. It seemed to go away.

Everything was explainable. I had never been sick in my life.

On New Year’s Eve, Gina went to the grocery store and barely made it home. She recalls sitting down on the couch and waking up six hours later.

Over the next few days, she could hardly eat or get out of bed. It’s the flu, she thought, but a weird flu. After a few days of calling in late or being sent home from work, she asked a friend to take her to the doctor.

Gina’s bloodwork showed a 50% blood loss, but she still thought she had caught a virus.

The doctor said, ‘I don’t think you have the flu. Go to the ER.’ I was like, ‘how can I have a blood loss with the flu?’

She received four blood transfusions over the next four days.

A bone marrow biopsy confirmed the worst: acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Gina was released from the hospital in Puyallup, and sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) the next day.

The prognosis wasn’t great: SCCA oncologists gave her 10 months to live with no treatment, and a 39% chance of survival with standard chemo.

But there was another option: adding a trial drug called “the hedgehog” might up her odds of beating AML to 70%. She would be the first patient at UW on this regimen.

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Gina was hospitalized at UW Medical Center a for seven days straight, with around-the-clock IV chemo. She received more than five months of treatment.

Thanks to the chemo and “the hedgehog,” her AML went into remission for a year but returned.

Doctors put her onto another trial drug. She did’t feel sick as she had been before, but her blood counts were down to zero.

A stem cell transplant would be Gina’s only hope of a cure.

She received blood transfusions every two to three days while doctors looked for a bone marrow match.

Siblings have a 25% chance of matching a patient’s human leukocyte antigen (HLA), the marker that helps your immune system determine what belongs in your body and what’s an invader. Out of Gina’s five siblings, only two were eligible to be considered. One was a partial HLA match, and one was a zero HLA match. There were no qualified unrelated donors in the bone marrow database.

Then her UW physicians decided on a novel procedure: a double cord blood transplant. Gina would receive cord blood from two donors to increase her odds of success.

Cord blood units can successfully engraft with an HLA match that is less exact than the matches required for a bone marrow transplant from adult donors, resulting in lower probability of graft versus host disease.

On December 13, 2014 Gina checked into UW Medical Center for five rounds of chemo and one round of head-to-toe radiation to kill off her bone marrow and immune system, and the next day received two units of cord cells from two anonymous infant boys.

The transplant itself took 40 minutes, 20 minutes per unit. It’s no different from getting blood – the recovery part is the hard part.

Gina now shares an immune system with baby boy #2, and likens recovery to stepping back to infancy:

Every childhood shot is gone, so it’s hard for people to understand that I can’t be around sick people. Chicken pox, measles - I don’t have an immunity to those any more.

Twenty months later, she’s in remission with no evidence of disease. Rebuilding her immune system has been harder than she imagined, but her energy is coming back and she’s excited that she’s able to work a few hours a week at her local Home Depot.

Gina has nothing but gratitude. She feels fortunate to live in an area with outstanding medical facilities like UW Medicine and SCCA.

She’s grateful to the local blood donors who sustained her during her treatment, and to the infant boys – now toddlers – who allowed her to live.

I think about those donors every day, and their parents. I wish you could  write a note to the parents, but I just feel grateful that cord blood donation is now starting to have the awareness that it can to save somebody’s life, because without that I wouldn’t be here right now.

Meet BloodworksNW’s summer interns!

August 5, 2016 at 8:32 am

Meet our 2016 summer volunteer interns! These talented, bright students have been a great addition to BloodworksNW, and are enjoying learning about research, healthcare, fundraising, and other aspects of our organization.

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Katherine (L) and Christine (R) are volunteering on our Development team! They’re sisters (triplets, actually) who will be seniors at Bellevue High School in the fall. Along with their brother, they were born prematurely, and Christine needed a blood transfusion. They’re organizers of Music for Life: A Concert Benefiting Bloodworks Northwest, and are both excited to learn more about fundraising, communication and leadership skills, and how medical technology is used to help the community. Their BloodworksNW supervisors say that it’s such a pleasure to be working with such quick and dedicated learners!

Neha

Neha is a Regulatory Affairs student interning with our Materials Management department! She’s inspired by BloodworksNW’s lifesaving work and is excited to be part of this team. Being a Regulatory Affairs student, she also wants to learn about the regulations, clinical research, and quality system management that BloodworksNW uses in maintaining the quality of biologics, blood products, and providing excellent health care services, and is hoping to jump start her career in the healthcare industry.

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Avina is a Business student at the University of Washington! She’s helping Washington Center for Bleeding Disorders with medical records and reporting this summer. She admires Bloodworks’ commitment to serving diverse communities, and is most excited to learn more about how data is stored, analyzed, and used to summarize populations. When she’s not in school or at Bloodworks, she enjoys attending on-campus cultural events, finding new places to eat, and competing against her family in Mario Party.

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Holt is a Biostatistician Intern at Bloodworks Research Institute in the Johnsen lab! He’s a junior Physics major at Carleton College interested in pursuing a career in medicine. He’s also a volunteer at our Bellevue donor center, and is most excited about learning how to do meta-analyses at the Biostatistics Core this summer. In addition to coding statistical analyses in R, Holt has been in the lab optimizing a polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

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Jesse is a future executive helping our CEO’s office archive board records this summer! He’s a straight ‘A’ student and a captain of the water polo team at Bellevue high school. He also volunteers as a donor monitor and helps organize Music for Life: A Concert Benefiting Bloodworks Northwest, an annual student-run concert. His goal for the summer is to learn how decisions are made in upper management and how he can best contribute.

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Eleanor is dedicated to improving the lives and well-being in local communities! As a Business Operations Intern at Bloodworks Research Institute​, she’s building the foundation for her future career in public health: she plans on earning a master’s degree in public health so that she can combine research and service to the community. She’s excited be involved in research to promote positive health outcomes for people as well as the process of creating and implementing solutions for issues in the community.

We’ll be sorry to say goodbye when their internships end on August 26!

Learn more about our Summer Volunteer Internship Program.

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