Blood Drives Work Miracles Near and Far

February 1, 2017 at 10:00 am

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Bloodworks serves patients in the Northwest, but we also answer emergency needs for blood from around the country. One such call came shortly after the devastating attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.

The attack killed 49 people and injured more than 50. Bloodworks immediately sent 70 units to a blood center in Orlando, helping ensure that the wounded received the medical care they needed.

Moved by the tragedy in Florida and inspired by Bloodworks’ response, Portland-based Q Center—the largest LGBTQ community center in the Pacific Northwest—committed to replacing the 70 units sent to Orlando. Q Center partnered with Bloodworks to organize a blood drive just three days after the tragedy. Thanks to this drive and others that followed, Q Center registered 138 donors – far exceeding the group’s goal. Considering each donation has the potential to save three lives, Q Center’s blood drives could impact up to 414 people.

Bloodworks relies on community organizations like Q Center as well as businesses, schools, and places of worship to sponsor and host blood drives. Because blood drives are critical in ensuring adequate blood supply, we make it easy and convenient for people to donate, whether in our state-of-the-art bloodmobiles or in offices and community centers.

Is your organization interested in sponsoring a blood drive? We can help. Contact us for more information.

You don’t have to wait for tragedy to strike to save a life. Schedule your appointment to donate blood today.

College-Bound Students Are Saving Lives

February 1, 2017 at 8:00 am

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Here’s an interesting insight: high school students are among Bloodworks’ most active donors and blood drive organizers. In fact, high school blood drives account for about 17% of the local blood supply when school is in session.

To encourage high school students to get involved with blood donation, Bloodworks offers a scholarship program for college-bound high school seniors. These biannual scholarships reward students for organizing and hosting blood drives during winter and summer when the need for blood is the strongest. Students who recruit 50 donors earn a $500 tuition award; those who recruit 36 donors earn $400. Last year, the program resulted in 45 blood drives and the registration of more than 2,000 donors. Considering that each donation can save three lives, these student-led blood drives had the potential to help 6,000 patients.
Our program awarded $18,000 in scholarships. Scholarship recipient Chantel Young organized a blood drive in the summer of 2016 that brought in 50 donors—22 were first-time donors. Regarding her $500 scholarship, Chantel says, “I’m still pinching myself. I got to earn money and save lives at the same time.” This year, Bloodworks will continue to help the next generation of blood donors make a difference—while helping them achieve their college dreams, too.

You can stop pinching yourself—saving lives is as easy as giving blood. Schedule your appointment to donate today.

“Now it’s real:” Frank’s story

January 20, 2017 at 9:44 am

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Frank has been a regular donor for years in Vancouver, WA!

He started donating blood on the bus in downtown Vancouver, and then moved to our permanent Center when it opened in 2007.

It has always been an easy way to give back to his community but Frank shared with us that “now it’s real”: his daughter has been admitted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

She is carrying twin boys and is 24 weeks gestation diagnosed with placenta previa, a condition where the placenta covers the cervix and can cause severe bleeding.

Frank’s daughter has needed blood products, and will continue to need blood as she stays in the children’s portion of Legacy Emanuel-Randall Children’s Hospital to await the birth of her twins.

Frank said that the doctors at Emanuel are doing a wonderful job caring for his daughter and grandsons.

It is events like this that remind us all how important it is to have a safe, stable blood supply.

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.

 

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