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					     About Life.
It’s Vol. 1, No. 1
                                                          NEWS
                                                            MICHIGAN COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTERS
                                                                                                      Vol. 2, No. 4 December 2006
                                                                                                                     S Winter 2007
In This Issue
S Camp Bow Wow
  Blood Drive – p. 2
S Rotary Blood Challenge
  Winner – p. 2
                                 Blood Donors
S Fundraisers – p. 2
                                 Saved Our Little Girl
S Give Blood, Play
  Hockey – p. 3                  Smiling playfully for the camera, Nyla Vander     to the generosity of blood donors,
S Breast Cancer                  Laan is the picture of health. But three          Nyla is a happy, healthy 3-year-old.
  Awareness – p. 4               years ago, the day after her birth, Nyla was           “If I could give blood I would do
                                 dangerously close to death. Donated blood         it every single month,” says Leda, who
S “Witch” Type Are You? – p. 4
                                 saved her life.                                   often can’t donate due to the minimum
S Al Whitney, Platelet                Born in Grand Rapids on November 18,         weight requirement. “My goal was
  Crusader – p. 5
                                 2004 Nyla at first seemed perfectly healthy,      to give back what Nyla took. So far,
S Rep. Brian Calley – p. 5       but by early morning the next day her             I’ve been able to donate once.”
S National Blood                 temperature was extremely low and she was              “Anybody that I can tell our story to
  Collectors Week – p. 6         refusing to eat. Then she began vomiting          get them donate is important,” says Leda.
                                 blood. She was rushed from Metro Health           “I think people look at giving blood [think it]
                                 Hospital to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.      goes for only car accidents and surgery, and
                                      “Basically, I was in a state of              don’t always think about a six-pound baby.”
                                 shock,” says Leda Vander Laan, Nyla’s
                                 mother. “It happened so fast. She
                                 threw up blood, they rushed in, and
                                 then she was on her way to DeVos.”
                                      Bleeding overnight from a massive          The average newborn baby has only 12 ounces of
                                 ulcer, tiny Nyla had lost nearly 20 percent     blood in her body. Thanks to local blood donors, Nyla
                                 of her blood into her stomach. She              received two blood transfusions that saved her life.
                                 received two blood transfusions, as well        Photo courtesy of LVL Photography.
                                 as fresh frozen plasma. Today, thanks




                                                                                          “Local people saved our little girl,” says Leda
                                                                                          Vander Laan, pictured with 23-month-old Nyla,
                                                                                          son Tyler, and husband Brian. “Donated blood
                                                                                          is needed for so many different reasons. If
                                                                                          you have not given blood, please do. And if
                                                                                          you give blood on a regular basis, thank you.”
                                                                                          Photo courtesy of LVL Photography.
Man’s Best Friend Helps
Recruit Donors                                                                                          Camp Bow Wow director
                                                                                                        Bryan Eggleston with Leslie,
The Blood Bus stopped in Hudsonville
                                                                                                        a 4-year-old Coonhound mix
on October 15 for a doggone good
                                                                                                        from Harbor Humane Society.
time at Camp Bow Wow. This was the                                                                      Photo by Megan Grimm.
first blood drive hosted by Camp Bow
Wow. Ten people signed in to donate,
including four first-time donors. Everyone
who tried to donate received a free day
of dog care from Camp Bow Wow.




Twilight Rotary Takes
Prize In Traverse City
In August this year, in the second
annual Rotary Blood Donation
Challenge in Northwest Michigan,
Traverse Bay Twilight Rotary beat
out five other local Rotaries by
recruiting 62 percent of its total
membership to donate blood.                                     Tasty Fundraisers Benefit MCBC
Also participating were Rotary
Club of Elk Rapids, Rotary Club                                 G.B. Russo & Son International             international wines as well as a
of Kalkaska, Traverse Bay Sunrise                               Grocery sponsored two fundraising          variety of pasta dishes, salads, hors
Rotary, Rotary Club of Traverse                                 events this fall to benefit nonprofit      d’oeuvres, desserts and coffee; and
City, and Suttons Bay-Leelanau                                  organizations, including MCBC              a silent auction, which raised $1500
County Rotary. Calculating                                      and Madonna’s Raising Malawi               at the November 9 event. Madonna’s
the total number of members                                     organization. Both events were             father, Silvio Ciccone, was also on
recruited by each club and                                      held at Pietro’s Applause Banquet          hand to host a table of specialty
factoring it as a percentage of                                 Hall in Grand Rapids. The “Fall            wines from Ciccone Vineyards of
total membership determined                                     Artistry Food and Wine Tasting” was        Suttons Bay, MI. Special thanks
the winner of the challenge.                                    held on October 5 and the “Pre-            to John Russo for organizing the
Combined, the Rotary clubs                                      Holiday Wine and Gourmet Food              event, and to WLHT 95.7 New Lite
recruited 18 percent of their                                   Tasting” was held on November 9.           Rock for support and promotion.
membership. This is especially                                        Both events featured a wine
impressive considering only 5%                                  list of more than 40 domestic and
of those eligible to give blood
actually do. “By far exceeding
the national                                                                                                                   Michigan State
average, the                                                                                                                   Representative Glenn
Rotary clubs did                                                                                                               Steil (R-Cascade) and
an exceptional job                                                                                                             wife Linda were among
saving lives,” says                                                                                                            150 guests at the Nov. 9
Peter Wandoff,                                                                                                                 “Pre-Holiday Wine and
MCBC recruiter                                                                                                                 Gourmet Food Tasting”
in Traverse City.                                                                                                              event held at Pietro’s
                                                                                                                               Applause Banquet
                                                                                                                               Hall in Grand Rapids.
                                                                                                                               Photo by Jaela Jones.


Blood Center recruiter Peter Wandoff (left) presents Twilight
Rotary club president Michael Schockley with a plaque
honoring the club’s victory in the Rotary Month Blood
Donation Challenge. The event was held to recruit donors
and help avoid potentially dangerous blood shortages
during the summer. Photo courtesy of Peter Wandoff.
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                                                     Saginaw Spirit mascots Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle (far left) and Sammy Spirit (right)
                                                     joined MCBC’s Lil’ Drip (JoAnn Glynn, MCBC recruiter) to encourage hockey fans to roll up
                                                     their sleeves and donate blood. The all-star mascot team will be back on January 4, 2008 for
                                                     another Give Blood, Play Hockey event hosted by the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Adam Baudoux.




Saginaw Spirit player Tomas Zaborsky helped
recruit donors at the event by signing autographs.
He even made his girlfriend donate to receive one.
Photo courtesy of Saginaw Spirit.




                       BLOOD                           Hockey Fans Help
                                                       Support Local Blood Supply
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                                                       The Saginaw Spirit teamed up with                   Event Center donated the use of
                                                       MCBC to collect 17 pints of blood                   the room for the 4-hour blood
                                                       at the Give Blood, Play Hockey                      drive. The Spirit will host a second
                                                       drive on September 22. The drive                    event on January 4, 2008 to help
                                                       was held at the Dow Event Center                    boost the community blood supply
                                                       during a game against the Sarnia                    during a game against the London

             LA                                        Sting. The Spirit helped sign up 33                 Knights. Anyone who signs up to

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                                                       people to donate blood. Donors                      donate blood will receive a free
                                                       were able to continue watching                      T-shirt and a voucher for two
                                                       the game via closed-circuit TV                      tickets to a Spirit home game.
                                                       in the Garden Room. The Dow



                                                                                                                         Donor Alesha Weigl (with
                                                                                                                         Donor Services staff Therese,
                                                                                                                         at left). Alesha was one of 33
                                                                                                                         hockey fans who took the time
                                                                                                                         to try to donate blood at the
                                                                                                                         Give Blood, Play Hockey drive
                                                                                                                         held at The Dow Event Center
                                                                                                                         in Saginaw. A total of 17 pints
                                                                                                                         of blood were collected at the
                                                                                                                         event. With each pint of whole
                                                                                                                         blood separated into three
                                                                                                                         vitally important components,
                                                                                                                         51 people could be helped
                                                                                                                         by the blood collected at this
                                                                                                                         event. Photo by Adam Baudoux.




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Donors Honor
Breast Cancer Patients
MCBC in St. Joseph helped raise awareness of breast
cancer patients’ need for blood by sponsoring two
days of drives in conjunction with Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. Donors were able to donate in
honor or memory of someone affected by breast
cancer, and could post a pink ribbon with the name
of a friend or loved one on the wall of the Blood
Center in St. Joseph. Donors could also send
a letter to the person they
acknowledged, explaining
the event and the need for
blood. Cancer patients often
require blood transfusions after
                                                                                                 Blood donors dedicated
chemotherapy and radiation
                                                                                                 their gifts of life to someone
treatments, which reduce the                                                                     affected by breast cancer by
body’s natural ability to produce                                                                placing a ribbon on the wall
blood cells. These transfusions                                                                  (above) at the Blood Center
help sustain the immune system,                                                                  in St. Joseph. At left, Jennifer
helping to fight disease.                                                                        Morris, with Donor Services
                                                                                                 staff Erica, donated blood
                                                                                                 during the campaign. Cancer
                                                                                                 patients often need blood
                                                                                                 to help boost their immune
                                                                                                 systems. Photos by Doug deBest.




No Matter “Witch” Type,
Halloween Donors Saved Lives
MCBC donor centers in Saginaw, Bay City, and
Midland hosted the “Witch” Type Are You?
Blood Drive this Halloween. Partnering with local
businesses to recruit blood donors, employees at
MCBC in Saginaw got into the spirit of Halloween
by dressing up as their favorite ghosts and ghouls.
Donors were picked up in the “Boo Mobile”
and taken to the closest MCBC center. Knights
Luxury Transportation provided limousine
service for donors to return to their workplace
afterward. Each donor also received a flower
from their local professional florist through
Saginaw Valley Flower Exchange. Across the
three locations, 131 donors signed up to donate
blood and the drive produced 94 pints.
     “Witch” Type was the 17th annual
such event in Saginaw, according to
Mary Ebelt, MCBC special events coordinator.
“This is the first time that the event has been
                                                          Diane Erndt (left, donor services Bay City) and Schellen Kidd
held in all three counties,” Mary says.
                                                          (right, donor services Bay City) join in the Halloween fun during
                                                          the “Witch” Type Are You? Blood Drive. For the record, MCBC
                                                          typically uses much smaller needles. Photo by Christy Trerice.



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Platelet Crusader Launches
Cross-Country Awareness Campaign
Six down, 44 to go. That’s Al Whitney’s                    patients who have had radiation or
current tally as he treks across the country               chemotherapy, which affect the body’s
to donate platelets in all 50 states.                      ability to produce normal amounts
      A 70-year-old, 5-gallon, whole-blood donor           of blood cells. Plateletpheresis is the
from Avon Lake, Ohio, Al has made more than                donating process that extracts whole
580 platelet donations in his home state as                blood, separates out the platelets,
well as stops in Texas, Indiana, Pennsylvania,             and returns the remaining blood
Michigan, and most recently Kentucky. His                  components back to the donor’s body.
Michigan stop was back in September at
MCBC in Grand Rapids. A friend
with a private plane flew him into
the city. “Right now I typically
drive, but I’m looking for an
airline to sponsor me,” says Al.
                                                                                                                                    “I’ve been donating platelets
      Al has been donating whole                                                                                                    since the late sixties, but
blood since the 1960’s. When his local                                                                                              I started this goal about 2
blood bank started taking platelet                                                                                                  or 3 months ago” says Al.
donations, he decided to “give that                                                                                                 “I don’t have a target date
a try.” Since then he’s been trying                                                                                                 for completion, but it will
to raise awareness for the need for                                                                                                 probably take over two years.”
platelets at local blood banks across the                                                                                           He donates about 24 times
country. “I let them use me as a tool                                                                                               a year. His reception, Al says,
                                                                                                                                    has been warm everywhere
to do that.” Platelets can be stored for
                                                                                                                                    he goes. After his Michigan
only 5 days, so donations are always
                                                                                                                                    stop in September, pictured
needed to maintain a constant supply.                                                                                               here, he received calls from
      Platelets, a component of whole                                                                                               community blood centers in
blood, help promote clotting. They           Al says he hasn’t decided yet which state is next, but he’s                            California and Oregon inviting
are often prescribed for cancer              considering New York, Maryland, or Virginia. When asked about                          him to their states to donate.
                                                      the possible difficulty of donating in more remote states like                Photo by Megan Grimm.
                                                      Hawaii or Alaska, has simply said, “They’re a state right?” He’s
                                                      already had an invitation from Alaska to donate. Incidentally,
                                                      Al has also donated in Sydney, Australia. But as he’s quick
                                                      to point out, “That’s not a state.” Photo by Megan Grimm.




                                                                 Representative Brian Calley
                                                                 Tours MCBC Grand Rapids
                                                                 Michigan Representative Brian Calley                    legislation regarding blood donation,
                                                                 (R-Ionia) toured MCBC in Grand Rapids                   Jenna’s Law (Sen 0486), which would
                                                                 on October 5. Calley visited the blood                  lower the minimum age for donating
                                                                 donation area, cord blood bank,                         blood to 16 with parental consent.
                                                                 and the component and distribution                      “[Jenna’s Law] doesn’t require any
                                                                 areas of the laboratory. Representing                   state funding, and would increase
                                                                 Barry and Ionia counties, Calley has                    blood supply for the entire state,”
                                                                 sponsored blood drives frequently                       says Barar. A strong advocate of blood
                                                                 to increase blood supplies during                       donation, Calley has expressed support
                                                                 critical need periods. He spoke with                    for Jenna’s Law, which passed the
                                                                 Linda Barar, MCBC vice president of                     state Senate in July 2007 and currently
                                                                 Corporate Relations, about proposed                     awaits approval by the House.
Representative Brian Calley (right) examines a liquid
nitrogen cold storage unit used for storing frozen cord
blood stem cells. At left is Mary Banfill, who heads
MCBC’s Cord Blood Bank. Photo by Megan Grimm.



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MCBC NEWS is produced by the Communications
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Blood Centers, Grand Rapids, Michigan, for
quarterly publication at www.miblood.org                                                                Like all of MCBC’s Community Donor
Editor Toni Gould                                                                                       Centers (complete list at www.
Writer Sean Dailey                                                                                      miblood.org), these sites have been
                                                                                                        established with the cooperation of local
Photographers As Credited
                                                                                                        institutions. MCBC is very grateful to all
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                                                                                                        of these institutions for their support in
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MCBC NEWS welcomes readers’ comments.
Send e-mail to tgould@miblood.org; or call         Staff at MCBC in St. Joseph celebrated National
(616) 233-8534, or toll-free 1-866-MIBLOOD         Blood Collectors Week on September 18 with a         FOREST HILLS COMMUNITY DONOR CENTER
(press 1).                                         prize drawing and mini-celebration. Left to right    1 p.m. to 7 p.m. S 3rd Friday Every Other Month
Michigan Community Blood Centers                   are Ron, LaTonia, Cindy, Sherry, Jenny, Michelle,    At Forest Hills Public Schools
is an independent, nonprofit blood bank that       and Erica. “We all had a great time celebrating      Community & Aquatic Center
provides 100% of the blood supply for 22           the work that we do,” said Doug deBest, site         660 Forest Hill Avenue SE, Grand Rapids
hospital facilities in four major regions of the   manager for MCBC in St. Joseph. National Blood
state (combined pop. exceeding 1.5 million).                                                            HUDSONVILLE COMMUNITY DONOR CENTER
                                                   Collectors Week was started by AABB (formally
                                                                                                        1 p.m. to 6 p.m. S 1st Friday Every Other Month
                                                   American Association of Blood Banks) and Fenwal      At Heritage Reformed Church
                                                   Inc. in 2005 to recognize the work done by blood     4995 32nd Avenue, Hudsonville
                                                   collection professionals in creating a positive
                                                   experience for blood donors. Photo by Doug deBest.   WALKER COMMUNITY DONOR CENTER
                                                                                                        Noon to 7 p.m. S 2nd Friday Every Month
                                                                                                        At Walker Fire Station #3 in Community Center
                                                                                                        1470 Three-Mile Road, Walker




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