Press Release: Lifeblood supports the Orlando community and stands ready to send blood if needed

June 15th, 2016

Lifeblood supports the Orlando community and stands ready to send blood if needed

<Memphis,TN>– In light of this weekend’s tragedy, Lifeblood, a member center of Blood Systems, supports the Orlando community.  Blood Systems has sent blood to Orlando to help save the lives of dozens of people injured in the mass shooting.  Lifeblood stands ready to send blood too, if asked to do so.  Lifeblood is calling on area donors to donate blood to help assure there is blood on hand should the Orlando community need additional help.

Lifeblood has 5 donor centers located across the Mid-South along with mobile drives held at local businesses and places of worship. Donors may call (901) 529-6320 or visit www.Lifeblood.org to make a convenient appointment to donate.

“When tragedy strikes, it’s the blood on the shelves that saves lives,” said Danny Garrick, Executive Director of Lifeblood. “We are asking for donations to help ensure an adequate supply in the case that Orlando needs additional assistance and to also ensure that we have blood available for local patients.”

“Every 2-to-3 seconds in this country, someone needs blood. And you never know when you or someone you love will be the one. We all expect blood to be available when we need it, but only a few of those who can give actually roll up their sleeves. It’s time for everyone to get involved!” Garrick said.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent) weigh at least 115 pounds and be in good health.

Although the US Food and Drug Administration recently changed its guidance about blood donation by men who have had sex with men, Lifeblood is still in the process of changing its computer system to address the change, and currently must defer men who have had sex with men.

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Located in the heart of the Memphis medical district (1040 Madison Avenue), Lifeblood is the Memphis region’s only non-profit volunteer blood center. Lifeblood is the leading provider of blood and blood components to area hospitals, supplying more than 100,000 units for local patient transfusions each year. Lifeblood is a member of America’s Blood Centers, an alliance of community-based, non-profit blood centers. Through its neighborhood donor centers and full schedule of mobile blood drives, Lifeblood provides opportunities to donate blood throughout the year. In 2013, Lifeblood celebrated 50 years of service and 4 million lives impacted by volunteer donors in the community. On October 1, 2015 Lifeblood joined Blood Systems, one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit transfusion medicine organizations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.lifeblood.org or call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD.

May Donor Newsletter

May 31st, 2016

DONOR FEST 2016

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Lifeblood’s 7th annual Donor Fest is coming up the week of June 6-11 in Lifeblood donor centers and on mobile blood drives. Lifeblood’s goal is to have 1,963 donors give blood or platelets during Donor Fest week in honor of the year Lifeblood was founded by local area hospitals.

This year’s Donor Fest celebration is Saturday, June 11 at St. Benedict at Auburndale High School’s football field (8250 Varnavas Drive, Cordova). Festivities will kick off at 9:30 a.m. and include forming a human blood drop at 11 a.m. a photo booth, kid’s activities, a tie-dye tent, blood drive (8 a.m.- 12 p.m.) and more!  Don’t forget to wear a red shirt for the picture!

Get your red Donor Fest shirt when you donate at any Lifeblood donor center or mobile blood drive starting May 9.  Visit www.DonorFest.org for more information.

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Now through June 14 when you donate blood or platelets you will receive your 2016 red limited edition Donor Fest shirt.  Be sure to wear it to the Donor Fest celebration on June 11!

 

May Public Blood Drives

May 1st, 2016

LIFEBLOOD’S PUBLIC BLOOD DRIVES IN MAY

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Lifeblood is proud to partner with the many organizations around town to host a blood drive. Below is a link to the list of mobile blood drives that are open to the public for the month of April. For more information about one of the blood drives listed or to schedule an appointment, please contact Lifeblood at 1-888-LIFEBLOOD. To find a Lifeblood Donor Center closest to you click here for a listing of locations and hours.

View the complete list of blood drives that are open to the public by clicking here: May Public Blood Drives

Located in the heart of the Memphis medical district (1040 Madison Avenue), Lifeblood is the Memphis region’s only non-profit volunteer blood center. Lifeblood is the leading provider of blood and blood components to area hospitals, supplying more than 100,000 units for local patient transfusions each year. Lifeblood is a member of America’s Blood Centers, an alliance of community-based, non-profit blood centers. Through its neighborhood donor centers and full schedule of mobile blood drives, Lifeblood provides opportunities to donate blood throughout the year. In 2013, Lifeblood celebrated 50 years of service and 4 million lives impacted by volunteer donors in the community. On October 1, 2015 Lifeblood will join Blood Systems, , one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit transfusion medicine organizations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.lifeblood.org or call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD.

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April Donor Newsletter

April 15th, 2016

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Between April 1 and Mother’s Day (May 8), Lifeblood donors will receive a shirt supporting two causes: giving blood for patients in our community and supporting women who receive transfusions as part of their treatment, including those with breast cancer. This is the sixth consecutive year Lifeblood has been recognized by the Breast Cancer Eradication Initiative for its efforts in raising awareness about the need for blood for breast cancer patients. Cancer patients often require many units of blood and platelet products during their treatments. Making sure there is a safe and stable blood supply available for local hospitals is vital to providing the best treatment resources for those that live in the Mid-South.

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Between April 1 and Mother’s Day (May 8), Lifeblood donors will receive a shirt supporting two causes: giving blood for patients in our community and supporting women who receive transfusions as part of their treatment, including those with breast cancer. This is the sixth consecutive year Lifeblood has been recognized by the Breast Cancer Eradication Initiative for its efforts in raising awareness about the need for blood for breast cancer patients. Cancer patients often require many units of blood and platelet products during their treatments. Making sure there is a safe and stable blood supply available for local hospitals is vital to providing the best treatment resources for those that live in the Mid-South.

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Receive appointment reminders, shortage announcements, ask questions and get general Lifeblood news when you text LIFEBLOOD to 444999 to opt-in to Lifeblood text messaging.

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

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.

April Public Blood Drives

March 24th, 2016

LIFEBLOOD’S PUBLIC BLOOD DRIVES IN APRIL

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Lifeblood is proud to partner with the many organizations around town to host a blood drive. Below is a link to the list of mobile blood drives that are open to the public for the month of April. For more information about one of the blood drives listed or to schedule an appointment, please contact Lifeblood at 1-888-LIFEBLOOD. To find a Lifeblood Donor Center closest to you click here for a listing of locations and hours.

View the complete list of blood drives that are open to the public by clicking here: April public blood drives

Located in the heart of the Memphis medical district (1040 Madison Avenue), Lifeblood is the Memphis region’s only non-profit volunteer blood center. Lifeblood is the leading provider of blood and blood components to area hospitals, supplying more than 100,000 units for local patient transfusions each year. Lifeblood is a member of America’s Blood Centers, an alliance of community-based, non-profit blood centers. Through its neighborhood donor centers and full schedule of mobile blood drives, Lifeblood provides opportunities to donate blood throughout the year. In 2013, Lifeblood celebrated 50 years of service and 4 million lives impacted by volunteer donors in the community. On October 1, 2015 Lifeblood will join Blood Systems, , one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit transfusion medicine organizations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.lifeblood.org or call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD.

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March Public Blood Drives

February 24th, 2016

LIFEBLOOD’S PUBLIC BLOOD DRIVES IN MARCH

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Lifeblood is proud to partner with the many organizations around town to host a blood drive. Below is a link to the list of mobile blood drives that are open to the public for the month of March. For more information about one of the blood drives listed or to schedule an appointment, please contact Lifeblood at 1-888-LIFEBLOOD. To find a Lifeblood Donor Center closest to you click here for a listing of locations and hours.

View the complete list of blood drives that are open to the public by clicking here: March public blood drives.

Located in the heart of the Memphis medical district (1040 Madison Avenue), Lifeblood is the Memphis region’s only non-profit volunteer blood center. Lifeblood is the leading provider of blood and blood components to area hospitals, supplying more than 100,000 units for local patient transfusions each year. Lifeblood is a member of America’s Blood Centers, an alliance of community-based, non-profit blood centers. Through its neighborhood donor centers and full schedule of mobile blood drives, Lifeblood provides opportunities to donate blood throughout the year. In 2013, Lifeblood celebrated 50 years of service and 4 million lives impacted by volunteer donors in the community. On October 1, 2015 Lifeblood will join Blood Systems, , one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit transfusion medicine organizations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.lifeblood.org or call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD.

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February Donor Newsletter

February 22nd, 2016

Find the Hero in You

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This year, Lifeblood is kicking off a new pledge campaign to encourage even more mid-southerners to help local patients in 2016. Blood donors are the secret superheroes in our community. In 2016 Lifeblood is asking more volunteers to Find the Hero in You by making a pledge to donate blood.

Individuals may pledge to donate by filling out a simple form on the Lifeblood website, Lifeblood.org. Donors who pledge will receive special communications, recognition and opportunities to share news of their good deeds through special images, stickers and t-shirts.

Whole blood can be donated every 56 days and platelets every seven days. Those who pledge will receive reminders and helpful information during the year to keep them on track to reach their goal.

Last year 27,839 local individuals donated approximately 42,000 units of red cells, platelets and plasma for patient transfusion. More than 63% of Lifeblood donors gave only one time.

If every blood donor gave just three times during the year, Lifeblood could maintain a stable blood supply for patients and reduce the need to import blood from other communities.

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Find the Hero in You – Pledge to Donate in 2016

February 8th, 2016

This year, Lifeblood is kicking off a new pledge campaign to encourage even more mid-southerners to help local patients in 2016.

“Blood donors are the secret superheroes in our community,” said Jennifer Balink Lifeblood’s vice president of donor relations. “In 2016 we’re asking more volunteers to step up to the challenge, to ‘Find the Hero in You’ by making a pledge to donate blood.”

Individuals may pledge to donate by filling out a simple form on the Lifeblood website, Lifeblood.org. Donors who pledge will receive special communications, recognition and opportunities to share news of their good deeds through special images, stickers and t-shirts.

Whole blood can be donated every 56 days and platelets every seven days. Those who pledge will receive reminders and helpful information during the year to keep them on track to reach their goal.

Last year 27,839 local individuals donated approximately 42,000 units of red cells, platelets and plasma for patient transfusion. More than 63% of Lifeblood donors gave only one time.

“If every blood donor gave just three times during the year, we could maintain a stable blood supply for patients and reduce the need to import blood from other communities,” Balink added.

Giving blood takes less than an hour and each donation can help up to three patients. Donors must weigh at least 115 pounds, be at least 17 years old (16 with a parent’s signed consent) and generally healthy.

For more information about Lifeblood’s “Find the Hero in You” campaign and to take the pledge, visit Lifeblood.org.

About Lifeblood: Located in the heart of the Memphis medical district (1040 Madison Avenue), Lifeblood is the Memphis region’s only non-profit volunteer blood center. Lifeblood is the leading provider of blood and blood components to area hospitals, supplying more than 100,000 units for local patient transfusions each year. Lifeblood is a member of America’s Blood Centers, an alliance of community-based, non-profit blood centers. Through its neighborhood donor centers and full schedule of mobile blood drives, Lifeblood provides opportunities to donate blood throughout the year. In 2013, Lifeblood celebrated 50 years of service and 4 million lives impacted by volunteer donors in the community. On October 1, 2015 Lifeblood joined Blood Systems, one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit transfusion medicine organizations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.lifeblood.org or call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD.

 

 

African Americans asked to Donate Blood during Black History Month

February 1st, 2016

Memphis, TN – This February, in celebration of Black History Month, Lifeblood is encouraging African Americans to give blood at one of their five neighborhood donor centers to help the community’s blood supply. They have a goal of 90 donations during the month.

“The number 90 is significant because it has been 90 years since Dr. Carter G. Woodson initiated ‘Negro History Week’, now called Black History Month, to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout history,” said Debra Brown, community relations director at Lifeblood.

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In Memphis, approximately 12,000 people, a majority of which are African American, suffer from Sickle Cell Anemia. These patients often need blood transfusions every 21 days just to live.

Medical research has shown that African Americans possess rare blood traits that are found only within their ethnic population. Because of that, African Americans often provide the best match for other African Americans in need of blood; and the need is great here in Memphis.

African Americans also often possess blood types O and B, which are in high demand at Memphis area hospitals.

Successful blood donors will receive a T-shirt during the month February at any Lifeblood donor center.

The Black History Month campaign is in partnership with the National Sickle Cell Foundation, the Mid-South Transplant Foundation and the National Bone Marrow Foundation.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 901-529-6320, or simply stop by.