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2016 Mother’s Day Tribute Cards April 24- May 8

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

LIFEBLOOD OFFERS TRIBUTE CARD AND T-SHIRT AS A ‘THANK YOU’ FOR DONATING

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(Memphis, TN) – Between April 24 and May 8, individuals who donate blood or platelets at any Lifeblood donor center or mobile blood drive will have the opportunity to honor an influential woman in their life.

 

Donors will be offered the opportunity to send a limited edition Lifeblood “tribute card” to a special woman in their life. The card informs the recipient that a blood donation was given in her honor.

 

“This is a unique way donors can encourage the women who have played a significant role in their lives, while promoting the importance of donating blood,” said Jennifer Balink, vice president of donor relations at Lifeblood.  “We look forward to honoring many local, strong, and influential women through this campaign.”

 

Additionally, the T-shirt donors will receive embraces two causes—blood donation and awareness about illnesses impacting women that may require blood or platelets, like breast cancer or anemia. This is the sixth consecutive year Lifeblood has partnered with the Breast Cancer Eradication Initiative to give blood donors shirts that link the treatment of breast cancer and the importance of donating blood and platelets. Cancer patients often require many transfusions as part of their treatment.

 

For a listing of donor centers and mobile drive locations, call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD or visit www.lifeblood.org.

Celebrate Father’s Day by Donating at Lifeblood

Friday, May 29th, 2015

To celebrate Father’s Day, Lifeblood is offering to send a tribute card to a significant man in life of every donor who gives blood starting June 1. Similar to the tribute cards Lifeblood distributed leading up to Mother’s Day, the Father’s Day cards inform the recipient that a blood donation was given in his honor. Donors can choose to take the card with them or Lifeblood will mail it to the recipient. If the donor wants Lifeblood to send the card they will need to provide the physical address for the destination.

Send a Father's Day tribute card when you donate starting June 1.

Send a Father’s Day tribute card when you donate starting June 1.

 

December Donor Newsletter

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Lifeblood News

The holidays can be a very busy time of year.  Friends and family coming to visit, cooking, shopping and many more chores to do in a short amount of time. Because of all of these things it’s easy to forget to give blood. To those who donated this month, we owe you a very big thank you. Because of you, a patient right here in Memphis received the blood they needed.
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As winter gets closer, we would like to challenge you to bring a friend or neighbor to donate. Tell them just how easy it is to save 3 lives.
Holiday Hours

12/24 – All centers close at 2 p.m.
12/25 – All centers closed
12/31 – All centers close at 2 p.m.
1/1 – All centers closed

Monthly Promotion

Between November 24 and January 4, successful donors will receive a Lifeblood T-shirt. Donors also have the option to surrender their shirt and Lifeblood will make a donation to one of the following organizations: Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Sickle Cell Foundation, American Cancer Society or Lifeblood.

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Recipient and Donor Story

In August Lifeblood became familiar with the McCulley family when Jax McCulley, a newborn baby, needed several blood transfusions. While he was in the hospital, hundreds of people came to Lifeblood to give blood in his name. Sadly Jax passed away less than one week after he was born.

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To honor Jax’s life, Lifeblood placed a plaque at the Bartlett donor center. Recently, Jax’s father Chris, his aunt Christina McCulley Marbury, and uncle Bobby McCulley, visited the Bartlett center to give blood. The McCulley family has taken a very tragic situation and made be best of it by continuing to donate blood and encouraging others to do the same. Jax’s mighty struggle has truly inspired a multitude.

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Donate Blood and Support “Bears for Le Bonheur”

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Pediatric patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital will be the recipients of holiday-themed plush stuffed polar bears in Lifeblood’s “Bears for Le Bonheur” holiday donation program which runs from November 24 through December 15, 2014. Lifeblood is kicking off the 2014 holiday season with a special holiday promotion for their donors. For each donor that gives blood or platelets during the designated week, Lifeblood will donate a stuffed polar bear to a Le Bonheur patient. Donors will have the opportunity to sign a tag that will then be attached to a stuffed polar bear and delivered to patients. Donations may be made at any of Lifeblood’s five neighborhood donor centers or at selected mobile blood drives (a list of public mobile blood drives can be found below).

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“Together with our donors, we are hoping to reach hundreds of children being treated at Le Bonheur with stuffed animals,” says Jennifer Balink, vice president of donor relations for Lifeblood.  “Many patients at Le Bonheur use blood donated by our local donors and this is just one more way we can bring a little cheer to children during their hospital stay this holiday season.”

During the winter months, Lifeblood typically experiences a decrease in blood donations when donors take time off work and are traveling, but the hospitals’ need for blood is year-round. Not only will “Bears for Le Bonheur” be giving a toy to pediatric patients, but it will also ensure that all local patients have a safe and stable blood supply this holiday season. In December 2013, Lifeblood donated 500 stuffed animals to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital patients. This year, they are hoping to surpass that number.

Lifeblood Thanksgiving Hours

Wednesday, November 26 – all donor centers close at 2 p.m.

Thursday, November 27 – all donor centers closed

Friday, November 28 – all donor centers open regular hours

Blood Drives Open to the Public

11/26 – Walmart Parking Lot, Ripley, TN – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

11/28 – ATC Fitness, Brighton, TN – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

11/29 – ATC Fitness, Brighton, TN – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

11/29 – Walmart, West Memphis, AR – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

11/30 – Wheatley Baptist Church, Wheatley, AR – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

12/1 – UTHSC – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

12/4 – Forrest City Medical Center, Forrest City, AR – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

12/4 – Anytime Fitness, Marion, AR – noon to 5 p.m.

12/5 – Varsity Spirit, Bartlett, TN – 1:30 to 5 p.m.

12/7 – Faith Baptist Church, Bartlett, TN – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

12/7 – Germantown Presbyterian Church, Germanton, TN – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

12/7 – Bartlett Baptist Church, Bartlett, TN – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

12/9 – Helena Regional Medical Center, Helena, AR – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

12/9 – A to Z Advertising, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

12/11 – Delta Medical, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

12/11 – EnSafe, Bartlett, TN – 1:30 to 4 p.m.

12/12 – ATC Fitness, Brighton, TN – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

12/13 – ATC Fitness, Brighton, TN – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

12/14 – Sycamore View Church of Christ, Bartlett, TN – 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

12/14 – New Direction Christian Church – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

12/14 – New Direction Christian Church, Collierville, TN – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

12/15 – Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

12/15 – Methodist University Hospital – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

12/15 – The Forum Building – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Second Annual Madison Hargrove Memorial Blood Drive

Monday, September 8th, 2014

City Auto is hosting the second annual Madison Hargrove Memorial Blood Drive with Lifeblood, the Mid-South’s only local blood center. Madison Hargrove was the daughter of Eric and Lisa Hargrove who passed away from Sickle Cell disease in August 2012 at the age of six. Eric Hargrove is an employee at City Auto. September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month and City Auto is encouraging the public to donate blood in Madison’s memory.

WHEN:  Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

WHERE:  City Auto, 4932 Elmore Road, Memphis

Click here to make an appointment.

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Sickle Cell Patient Story: Caleb Booker

Friday, September 5th, 2014

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. To bring awareness to the need of blood for the life-saving transfusions of sickle cell patients, we will be highlighting stories from patients in the Mid-South.

Caleb Booker is a 19-year-old college sophomore from Portageville, Missouri. He and his parents make the nearly two-hour drive to Methodist University Hospital’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center every five weeks for Caleb to have a blood transfusion as part of his treatment.  Sickle cell disease causes the red cells become hard and sticky and die early.  This causes a constant shortage of red cells that results in the need for blood transfusions.

Caleb Booker at a recent visit to Methodist Healthcare's Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center

Caleb Booker at a recent visit to Methodist Healthcare’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center

He has a simple message about the blood he receives, “It saves my life.”

Caleb was seven years old when he started traveling to Memphis to receive treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. When he was younger, he received blood transfusions every two to three weeks. At just ten years old, Caleb had a stroke, something that is common in younger Sickle cell patients. “He has already been so strong,” said Delois Booker, Caleb’s mother. “He got his license, graduated from high school and is now enrolled in college.”

For the past year, he has been transfused at the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center every five weeks. The reason for the longer gap between transfusions is because of the difficulty finding donors that are a match for his blood. “Because he has had so many transfusions, that’s what makes the match so difficult,” said Delois. A patient receiving frequent transfusions can develop antibodies to the blood, making repeated transfusions more difficult.

Caleb Booker (center) sits in a waiting room at Methodist’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center with his dad, Roy, and mom, Delois.

Caleb Booker (center) sits in a waiting room at Methodist’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center with his dad, Roy, and mom, Delois.

Caleb receives four to five units of blood per visit. That adds up to approximately 570 units of blood over his entire life. “I am so thankful for the people who want to give of themselves. They give an hour or two of their day and donate for someone they don’t even know,” said Delois. “We just have to hope that the donors that are a match for Caleb continue to donate.”

Caleb will be back in September to receive another blood transfusion, not because he wants to, but because he has to. “It’s life and death for us and we appreciate the donors that give blood. You’re a hero when you do something that saves somebody’s life.”

 

September Donor Newsletter

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Lifeblood News

In honor of Sickle Cell Awareness Month, we’re providing a little bit of background on Sickle Cell disease. Healthy red blood cells are round and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In someone who has Sickle Cell disease, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”. The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious problems such infection, stroke and death.

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Sickle Cell patients can require monthly blood transfusions, meaning the need for blood donors is constant.

Sickle Cell disease predominately affects the African-American
community and research shows that blood donors with the same ethnic background provide the best match to those with the disease.

 

Monthly Promotion

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Between September 2-13, successful donors will receive a Hero T-shirt and between September 14-30 donors will receive a vintage Lifeblood shirt. Donors also have the option to surrender their shirt and Lifeblood will make a donation to one of the following organzations: Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Sickle Cell Foundation, American Cancer Society or Lifeblood.

Recipient Story

Caleb Booker is a 19-year-old college sophomore from Portageville, Missouri. He and his parents make the nearly two-hour drive to the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center every five weeks for Caleb to have a blood transfusion as part of his treatment.  Sickle cell disease causes the red cells become hard and sticky and die early.  This causes a constant shortage of red cells that results in the need for blood transfusions.

He has a simple message about the blood he receives, “It saves my life.”

Caleb Booker (center) sits in a waiting room at Methodist’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center with his dad, Roy, and mom, Delois.

Caleb Booker (center) sits in a waiting room at Methodist’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center with his dad, Roy, and mom, Delois.

Caleb was seven years old when he started traveling to Memphis to receive treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “He has already been so strong,” said Delois Booker, Caleb’s mother. “He got his license, graduated from high school and is now enrolled in college.”

For the past year, he has been transfused at the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center every five weeks. The reason for the longer gap between transfusions is because of the difficulty finding donors that are a match for his blood.

“Blood transfusion is one of the only three treatments with proven efficacy in sickle cell disease. Blood transfusions in sickle cell disease are used to treat acute complications, and for prevention of disease complications when used on a monthly basis”, said Dr. Nada Elmagboul and Dr. Jane Hankins, both who specialize in the treatment of sickle cell patients.

“While blood transfusions are essential in the treatment of patients with sickle cell disease, if not used rationally, they could be harmful”, said Dr. Elmagboul and Dr. Hankins. “One of the risks associated with blood transfusions is the development of allo-antibodies (antibodies against antigens in the red blood cells of donors). That’s why it is so important to pick the correct donors, so as to minimize this risk.”

Caleb receives four to five units of blood per visit. That adds up to approximately 570 units of blood over his entire life. “I am so thankful for the people who want to give of themselves. They give an hour or two of their day and donate for someone they don’t even know,” said Delois.

Caleb Booker at a recent visit to Methodist Healthcare's Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center

Caleb Booker at a recent visit to Methodist Healthcare’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center

Caleb will be back in September to receive another blood transfusion, not because he wants to, but because he has to. “It’s life and death for us and we appreciate the donors that give blood. You’re a hero when you do something that saves somebody’s life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Donor Newsletter

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Lifeblood News

Many of our donors are going back to school this month. To help them get their brains ready for homework, here’s a pop quiz! (Answers below.)

1) What percentage of Lifeblood donations come from donors between the ages of 16-25?

2) What is the shelf life of whole blood? Platelets?

3) What is the substitute for human blood?

4) How many pints equal a gallon of blood?

5) What’s the most uncommon blood type?

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Answers

1) 25%

2) 42 days for whole blood, 5 days for platelets

3) trick question – there is no substitute

4) 8 pints

5) AB-, .06% of the U.S. population

Monthly Promotion

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Until August 31, successful donors will receive an 18th annual M*A*S*H Bash shirt. Donors also have the option to surrender their shirt and Lifeblood will make a donation to the Forever Young Senior Wish Organization.

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“80 for 80” Donor Challenge 

Do you know Larry Hilbun? He’s the chairman of Lifeblood’s board of directors and he’s celebrating his 80th birthday this month. Lifeblood’s Bartlett Arlington Lakeland Donor (BALD) Council is looking for 80 of Larry’s friends and family to honor his birthday in a way that is near and dear to his heart – by donating blood!

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Larry Hilbun, chair of Lifeblood’s board of directors

Larry Hilbun has served as the chairman of Lifeblood’s board of directors since October 2012. He served in several human resources management positions in public and private sectors, including personnel director for the City of Bartlett and for Shelby County Government.

Those who wish to donate blood or platelets have until August 31. Stop by any Lifeblood donor center and tell them you’re there to donate for Larry’s “80 for 80”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Donor Newsletter

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Lifeblood News

We’re celebrating the 5th Annual Donor Fest this year!

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Summer is often the most challenging time of year for Lifeblood, as the need for blood is high but donations are low. To counteract this, Lifeblood is hosting a six week-long Donor Fest at its donor centers and mobile drives in hopes of encouraging new, regular and lapsed donors to give blood.

Information about the Donor Fest Celebration on Saturday, June 14 is below. Check it out, because you could be part of Lifeblood history!

Help us reach our weekly goal of 1,000 donors throughout the summer! Encourage your family and friends to give blood and tell them just how easy it is to save 3 lives!

For more information, visit www.Lifeblood.org.

Monthly Promotion

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Until July 3, successful donors will receive a limited edition Donor Fest T-shirt. Donors also have the option to surrender their shirt and Lifeblood will make a donation to one of thefollowing organizations: Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Sickle Cell Foundation, American Cancer Society or Lifeblood.

Father’s Day Tribute Cards

Donate at any donor center or mobile blood drive between June 1-15 and send this Father's Day Tribute Card.

Donate at any donor center or mobile blood drive between June 1-15 and send this Father’s Day Tribute Card.

This year, in honor of Father’s Day, Lifeblood is encouraging donors to give blood or platelets and send a tribute card to an influential man in their life. Between June 1-15, donors can send a limited edition card that informs the recipient that a donation was made in his honor. Donors can choose to either have the card sent electronically (click here) or through the mail by visiting a donor center.

Donor Fest Celebration

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Our 5th annual Donor Fest celebration is underway! Join us at our World Blood Donor Day event on Saturday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. as we attempt to form the largest human blood drop in U.S. history. The event will take place at St. Benedict at Auburndale High School’s soccer field (8250 Varnavas Drive, Cordova):

What:    Wear a red t-shirt and make Lifeblood history as we attempt to form the largest human blood drop in the U.S. We’ll have breakfast, kids’ activities, and a special donor recognition program

Where:  St. Benedict at Auburndale High School’s Soccer Field, 8250 Varnavas Drive, Cordova (near the intersection of Germantown Parkway and Bellevue
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When:   Saturday, June 14, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Who:     All Lifeblood friends and family – donors, recipients, employees and family members

Why:     World Blood Donor Day celebrates the importance of a volunteer blood supply, recognizing the many thousands of donors who save lives here in Memphis and around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter the Lifeblood Video Contest

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Call for VideoDates: June 1 – July 31, 2014

Participants: high school and college students (ages 16-22)

Task:

  • Create a 1-3 minute video about how awesome it is to donate blood at Lifeblood.
  • All videos must be submitted in WMV format by Thursday, July 31, 2014 to jenniferg@lifeblood.org via Dropbox.
  • Be creative! If selected as the winner, your video could be used to promote donating blood across the Mid-South.

Guidelines:

  • All students starring in the video must have signed a photo release form submitted to jenniferg@lifeblood.org. Parents must sign for minors.
  • By submitting your video to Lifeblood, you and all parties involved agree that the video may be used for media and education purposes, both internally and externally.
  • Once your video is submitted, Lifeblood has the right to edit its content.
  • There are no limits to the number of participants in each video.

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Judging: Videos will be judged by a panel of local individuals. The public will be allowed to vote for a “Fan Favorite” video at that time.

Prizes: The grand prize will receive $250. Three honorable mentions will receive $50 each.

 

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Gladstone at 901-529-6317 or at jenniferg@lifeblood.org.