Blood donor – Donors Net http://donorsnet.net/ Thu, 12 May 2022 22:41:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9 https://donorsnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Blood donor – Donors Net http://donorsnet.net/ 32 32 ImpactLife blood donation program seeks to aid Ukraine https://donorsnet.net/impactlife-blood-donation-program-seeks-to-aid-ukraine/ Wed, 11 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://donorsnet.net/impactlife-blood-donation-program-seeks-to-aid-ukraine/ Organization allows donors to donate points to support blood industry relief efforts ImpactLife is celebrating the anniversary of its name change by inviting donors to support Ukraine’s blood industry relief efforts. From now until World Blood Donor Day, June 14, donors are encouraged to donate points through the Donor for Life Rewards store. ImpactLife will […]]]>

Organization allows donors to donate points to support blood industry relief efforts

ImpactLife is celebrating the anniversary of its name change by inviting donors to support Ukraine’s blood industry relief efforts.

From now until World Blood Donor Day, June 14, donors are encouraged to donate points through the Donor for Life Rewards store.

ImpactLife will match the equivalent up to $10,000, the organization announced in a press release. It will send the funds through a matching program established by Blood Centers for America. Blood industry supplier Fresenius Kabi has pledged to match up to $250,000 in eligible donations to the BCA fund by June 30, the statement said.

“The war has resulted in a severe shortage of blood bags and other essential blood collection supplies for immediate patient care in Ukraine,” said ImpactLife CEO Mike Parejko. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to join our donors and industry partners in supporting our colleagues in Ukraine.”

Donor For Life is ImpactLife’s dating and rewards program and donors can earn points with every donation, the statement said. The organization now allows donors to contribute to relief efforts in Ukraine in increments of 500 points.

The event comes a year after the name change of the blood transfusion centre. Until last year, ImpactLife had gone through several name changes after mergers between Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Central Illinois Community Blood Center and Community Blood Services of Illinois.

“After operating under three separate names for more than a decade, we are united under one name that better reflects our mission in terms of what we do relative to where we are located,” said Amanda Hess, Vice President of Donor Relations and Marketing for ImpactLife. “This change has increased efficiency and strengthened our brand identity in our region.”

For those interested in participating in the Ukrainian program, visit www.bloodcenter.org/Ukraine.

ImpactLife is a nonprofit organization that provides blood services to 125 hospitals in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin. It is also a resource sharing partner across the country.

The organization operates 22 donor centers and organizes approximately 5,000 mobile blood drives each year.

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A blood donor squeezes a foam ball into a plastic bag as she donates blood in Southwest Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)


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West Van residents prepare to roll up sleeves for blood donor clinic https://donorsnet.net/west-van-residents-prepare-to-roll-up-sleeves-for-blood-donor-clinic/ Sat, 07 May 2022 23:16:00 +0000 https://donorsnet.net/west-van-residents-prepare-to-roll-up-sleeves-for-blood-donor-clinic/ Residents of West Vancouver will have the chance to roll up their sleeves for a good cause this month. Canadian Blood Services is holding a blood drive in West Vancouver for the first time in five years, with help from the West Vancouver Sunrise Rotary Club, the West Vancouver Foundation and the West Vancouver Chamber. […]]]>

Residents of West Vancouver will have the chance to roll up their sleeves for a good cause this month.

Canadian Blood Services is holding a blood drive in West Vancouver for the first time in five years, with help from the West Vancouver Sunrise Rotary Club, the West Vancouver Foundation and the West Vancouver Chamber.

“It’s pretty important that we’re in West Vancouver,” said Gayle Voyer, Associate Director of Donor Relations and Collections for Canadian Blood Services’ British Columbia and Yukon Region.

The blood drive will take place May 26 at Congregation Har El, on the southwest corner of the highway and Taylor Way. Donors are requested to register online in advance for particular time slots.

Voyer said the long delay in establishing a clinic in West Vancouver was not actually related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but was more related to the availability of suitable locations.

Blood Services continued to hold regular blood donation clinics in North Vancouver, at sites such as the Pipe Shop and Queen Mary Elementary School.

The pandemic has had an impact on the number of regular donors who donated blood. It kept going down, Voyer said. Some regular donors gave up if they got sick, while others who wanted to travel since restrictions were lifted were simply unavailable.

Canadian Blood Services has an immediate need for blood donations, Voyer said, especially people with O-negative and B-negative blood types. Both are relatively blood types that can be used to donate blood to people who also have less common blood types.

“We have less than four days’ supply” of those blood types, she said. “We are asking everyone who is eligible who has been a donor in the past [to donate],” she says.

Blood donors will be asked standard “wellness” screening questions before donating blood and will be required to wear a mask throughout the donation process.

Donors are also encouraged to go online and complete an eligibility questionnaire prior to their donation, to ensure they are eligible to donate blood before coming to the clinic. Eligibility can be affected by a number of factors – from when someone last got a tattoo to when they received blood during recent surgery. Anyone who has traveled outside of Canada, for example, must wait 14 days upon their return to donate blood.


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Canada’s new blood donor policy still excludes many gay and bi men, critics say https://donorsnet.net/canadas-new-blood-donor-policy-still-excludes-many-gay-and-bi-men-critics-say/ Fri, 06 May 2022 20:42:06 +0000 https://donorsnet.net/canadas-new-blood-donor-policy-still-excludes-many-gay-and-bi-men-critics-say/ For Aaron Crowe, donating blood is a valuable way to contribute to society, having himself received blood donations. But it remains banned from donating, even following a Health Canada decision last week that ended a blanket ban on blood donations from men and some transgender women who have had sex with men in the UK. […]]]>

For Aaron Crowe, donating blood is a valuable way to contribute to society, having himself received blood donations.

But it remains banned from donating, even following a Health Canada decision last week that ended a blanket ban on blood donations from men and some transgender women who have had sex with men in the UK. course of the last three months.

This is because Crowe’s partner of six years is HIV positive and the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) continues to prohibit people from donating if they have had sex with someone who is HIV positive in the last 12 years. month. This is despite the fact that Crowe’s partner has an undetectable viral load from the drugs, and therefore cannot transmit the virus to him.

Crowe is just one of those who critics say will be a ‘significant’ number of individuals who will continue to be banned under the new blood donor policy, which is due to come into effect on 30 september.

Supporters say the new policy — championed as a long-overdue milestone by federal politicians including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — will still effectively ban many men who have sex with men, while continuing to perpetuate stigma at about them and to people living with HIV.

“The initial coverage was really exciting because it looked like they were making meaningful changes to end discrimination against gay people and other people,” Crowe said in an interview, “but when you actually looked at how they were changing it, it looks like they are really laundering the same policy.

The new rules prohibit all individuals – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity – from donating if they have had anal sex with one or more new partners in the past three months.

All blood donations are tested for diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. The blood agency says there is a window of about nine days after an HIV infection when a person can transmit the virus and is not detected by the test, hence the need for screening questions.

The agency said it used a three-month deferral period because the window for other pathogens like hepatitis B “is considerably longer”, and three months is the time frame used in the UK.

Critics point out that although everyone will now be asked about anal sex – which carries a higher risk of HIV transmission than other sexual practices – it is a sexual activity more commonly practiced among men with sex with men, and they will continue to be disproportionately excluded. except in a monogamous relationship.

“While Canadian Blood Services expects a real increase in donations – which we sometimes really need – this policy change does not appear to suggest, in our view, that will be the case,” said Dane Griffiths, Director. of the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance.

“Once you really go through the details of who is being excluded… It will still make a lot of us ineligible to donate.”

The concern is that the new policy “will continue to prohibit a significant number of gay, bisexual and homosexual men from donating,” said attorney Gregory Ko, who represents Christopher Karas, who filed a lawsuit. of human rights against the blood donation system.

To allow more men to donate while maintaining a safe blood supply, CBS should ask about safe sex practices, advocates say, such as condom use. CBS says condoms can break.

CBS also bans people who take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) — ​​a drug that prevents the transmission of HIV. The agency said PrEP, which has become an increasingly popular safe sex practice in the LGBTQ community, affects the sensitivity of their tests, and it’s unclear whether PrEP can prevent HIV from showing up. in a blood transfusion.

Individuals must be off PrEP for four months before they can donate blood, a criteria put in place at the request of Health Canada in 2019, the Canadian Blood Services said.

“For most gay and bisexual men, especially those who use PrEP – those same people we encourage to use the tools at our disposal to reduce the impact of HIV in our community – they will not be eligible to do a gift,” Griffiths mentioned.

The head of the Canadian AIDS Society, consulted by Canadian Blood Services for years, said the government should have invested more in research into the impact of PrEP and testing.

“It’s very dishonest of Trudeau to take a stand with his comrades-in-arms, the gay caucus, and say, ‘Hey, we’ve done this now,'” the company’s executive director, Gary, said. Lacasse. “There has been too much harm, and it’s perpetuated even more now.”

CBS also continues to ban people like Crowe who have had sex with someone who is HIV-positive — regardless of their viral load status — in the past 12 months. In recent years, a number of organizations and governments, including Ottawa, have taken the position that an undetectable viral load means that HIV cannot be transmitted sexually.

“I continue to be a strong advocate for the message Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U),” Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said in 2018. a principle firmly rooted in science.”

The CBS says U=U does not apply to blood transfusions, saying a small amount of virus could still be transmitted by an HIV-positive person donating blood. As for partners of HIV-positive people with an undetectable viral load, the agency said that due to confidentiality concerns, it “cannot ask donors for detailed information about their partners’ test results.” CBS says it plans to look into this issue of donors in the future.

A Dalhousie University professor who has spent years researching the blood donation system says Canadian Blood Services must be held accountable for failing to address homophobia and anti- black, and how the two crossed paths to stop black gay and bi men from donating — going so far as to say the agency needs new leadership.

An example was the presence for years of an online questionnaire for donors that asked people if they were born or had ever lived in Africa, accompanied by pictures of elephants and acacia trees – questions that have since been suppressed, said OmiSoore Dryden, the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie Medical School.

“When you use these images of Africa to always be around vegetation, animals, dirt, you are perpetuating a particular racist stereotype about people who were born or lived in Africa,” she said. .

The questionnaire “described Africa as if it were one country…as if the whole African continent was riddled with AIDS, and these racist stereotypes were never appropriately addressed”.

CBS said the questions about Africa were “forced” on the agency by Health Canada due to concerns about new strains of HIV in some African countries that may have been less detectable in testing.

“We were able to convince Health Canada that our methods were adequate to detect these new strains, and the questions were removed entirely in April 2018,” the agency said. “We…recognize that some of our current and past donor selection issues have had a disproportionate impact on Black and other racialized Canadians.”

Dryden said it’s “a really juvenile understanding” to think that by simply removing or reframing the questions, “then the stigma is gone.”

Crowe says that by continuing to ban people like him from donating blood, CBS unnecessarily perpetuates the stigma around HIV, which he says prevents people from getting tested and getting the treatment they need.

Crowe’s partner, Randy Davis, has had an undetectable viral load from antiretroviral drugs almost since his diagnosis began seven years ago, and therefore did not transmit the virus to Crowe.

“There are a lot of couples who are in the situation that we are in, and they’re mostly on the LGBT spectrum, so I feel like the new rules are still very discriminatory towards LGBT people,” the consultant said. 53 year old software.

“One of the big issues in the ability to tackle the HIV epidemic is the fight against stigma, and that only further stigmatizes people living with HIV and people living with them.

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Las Vegas Arizona shooting survivor meets her first blood donor at event in Phoenix https://donorsnet.net/las-vegas-arizona-shooting-survivor-meets-her-first-blood-donor-at-event-in-phoenix/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 04:15:00 +0000 https://donorsnet.net/las-vegas-arizona-shooting-survivor-meets-her-first-blood-donor-at-event-in-phoenix/ PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — An Arizona woman who survived the 2017 Las Vegas shooting thanked her blood donors Friday at a special event, but also had a surprise encounter. “I am so grateful and thankful to be here in front of you to thank you,” said Jovanna Calzadillas. “Keep doing what you’re doing and fight […]]]>

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — An Arizona woman who survived the 2017 Las Vegas shooting thanked her blood donors Friday at a special event, but also had a surprise encounter. “I am so grateful and thankful to be here in front of you to thank you,” said Jovanna Calzadillas. “Keep doing what you’re doing and fight for people like.” She received a standing ovation from everyone. But then she met Thad Bodker, of Henderson, Nevada, who was her blood donor. He drove hundreds of miles to Phoenix to surprise her. Calzadillas, her husband and Bodker then embraced as the crowd cheered. Bodker has donated 27 times.

Nearly 300 blood donor coordinators were honored at Vitalant’s Valentines for Life event at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown for saving countless lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the coronavirus, thousands of blood donations have not been collected since the cancellation of blood drives. Coordinators stepped in and helped people find a way to donate blood. One of the many people who were helped was Calzadillas. She is still recovering after being shot in the head during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on October 1, 2017. Doctors didn’t think she would make it, but she made a remarkable recovery with the help of blood donors. “I didn’t know how important it was to donate blood until it saved my life,” Calzadillas said.

Arizona’s family was one of those who accepted an award for our partnership with the Saving Arizona blood drives run by Vitalant.


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Canada lifts ban on gay blood donors https://donorsnet.net/canada-lifts-ban-on-gay-blood-donors/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 02:28:00 +0000 https://donorsnet.net/canada-lifts-ban-on-gay-blood-donors/ As nationwide protests against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government mandates on vaccinations, masks and other preventative measures against the coronavirus pandemic enter a second week, ground zero for so-called protests of “freedom” in downtown Ottawa has become so combative that residents are now in fear. In multiple interviews with Canadian media, including the CBC, Ottawans […]]]>

As nationwide protests against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government mandates on vaccinations, masks and other preventative measures against the coronavirus pandemic enter a second week, ground zero for so-called protests of “freedom” in downtown Ottawa has become so combative that residents are now in fear.

In multiple interviews with Canadian media, including the CBC, Ottawans say they are under siege.

“For 10 days, residents of the city center were subjected to incessant honking and choking diesel fumes from trucks parked near their homes. They have expressed outrage at the open display of hateful symbols, and some say they have been subjected to racial, homophobic and transphobic slurs. Others say they were attacked for wearing masks,” CBC reported on Tuesday.

“Many residents say they have felt let down by all levels of government and police since the protest convoy arrived on January 28.”

Along with the relentless cataphony of honking truckers as they continue to block most downtown thoroughfares, the noise will soon be dampened by a temporary injunction issued by Judge Hugh McLean at a hearing in Ottawa on Monday that enters Effective immediately and is supposed to silence the horns at all hours for the next 10 days, the gratuitous acts and threats of violence continue to plague residents of the city.

Blatant acts of racism also worry residents.

“Being a woman of color, I was very scared,” said Arushana, who moved from her Byward Market home to stay with a colleague in the Glebe last weekend. (CBC does not use her last name because she fears for her safety.)

After enduring sleepless nights and fireworks aimed at his apartment building, one of the last straws was seeing a Confederate flag on his way home from work.

“I cracked up,” she said. “As a first-generation immigrant child, seeing such hatred, especially when my parents came to this country to give me and my sister a better opportunity and a better life…I didn’t feel not safe.”

CBC reported that its reporters had also heard dozens of similar stories from people via email.

[Yet another wrote] she was confronted on her way to the grocery store.

“I was pushed around, yelled at, called [sexist and homophobic slurs]and three tall men tried to lock me in and physically block my way, because I was wearing a mask,” she wrote.

Screen capture from CBC coverage showing protesters on horseback in downtown Ottawa, one carrying a Trump 2020 campaign flag.

The Washington Blade spoke to a gay resident who asked not to be identified and said he had left a Tim Hortons on Albert Street not far from Parliament Hill when he encountered a group of trucker-protesters who immediately attacked him verbally.

“They pushed me against the side of the building, then ripped my toque off my head, then they saw the design on it – the maple leaf gay flag, it got ugly. One of them jumped in my face and said wearing it was a desecration. Then he pushed me hard, called me a fag and threatened to beat me up. I managed to escape but I am now with my cousins. I don’t feel safe going back to my apartment,” he told The Blade.

The protests have also won support from American anti-mask/vaccination activists, including prominent anti-LGBTQ evangelicals. On his Facebook page, Franklin Graham urged Canadians to support truckers and others:


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SNP accused of divisiveness over Scottish or British blood donor issue | United Kingdom | News https://donorsnet.net/snp-accused-of-divisiveness-over-scottish-or-british-blood-donor-issue-united-kingdom-news/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 21:39:31 +0000 https://donorsnet.net/snp-accused-of-divisiveness-over-scottish-or-british-blood-donor-issue-united-kingdom-news/ The NHS has been condemned for asking for ‘unnecessary details’ about a person’s identity when donating blood under new guidelines implemented on April 6. But the finger was pointed at the SNP after the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service told Nicola Sturgeon’s government the categories. This has led to speculation that the categories are a […]]]>

The NHS has been condemned for asking for ‘unnecessary details’ about a person’s identity when donating blood under new guidelines implemented on April 6. But the finger was pointed at the SNP after the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service told Nicola Sturgeon’s government the categories. This has led to speculation that the categories are a ploy by the SNP to differentiate Scots from the rest of the UK.

The SNBTS said donors of the same ethnic background are “likely to provide the safest blood”.

The SNBTS sparked outrage on social media, with one Twitter user wondering if there was a medical difference between people of the same ethnicity who identify as Scottish, British or English.

Contacting the SNBTS on the social media platform, they asked, “What is the medical reason for asking how a donor self-defines their ethnicity please?”

Unhappy with the response to check the website for more information, they hit back and added: “So how does identifying someone who chooses a white Brit over a white Scot or vice versa help, s ‘please?”

The body then said: “The categories are not defined by the SNBTS and are a standard list used by the Scottish Government and other public sector organisations.

“It is optional for the donor to respond or not.”

Another blood donor told the Scottish Daily Express he was “furious” when he saw the question.

A Scottish Conservative spokesperson said: ‘This seems like a controversial question to ask people who are stepping up and providing life-saving blood donations to our health service.

“There is no real justification for asking whether you are Scottish or British in connection with this and how it could provide useful or relevant public health information.

“It’s no wonder this angered those who were asked this question.”

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A spokesperson for SNBTS said: “SNBTS began collecting information on the ethnicity of donors from April 6, 2022. This was to improve the blood supply for patients who may have rarer blood types that depend on blood transfusion for their well-being, such as those with sickle cell disease and thalassemia.

“Donors of the same ethnicity as these patients are likely to provide the safest blood. The ethnicity question is not mandatory and affects a donor’s ability to donate if they do not wish to not answer the question.

“The SNBTS has asked donors to self-identify as one of the ethnic groups defined by the Information Services Division (ISD). ISD is a division of National Services Scotland, part of NHS Scotland.

“ISD provides health information, health intelligence, statistical services and advice that helps the NHS to progress in improving the quality of health and care and facilitates sound planning and decision-making .”

The SNP has been approached for comments.


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Blood donor services forced to reduce opening hours due to WA labor crisis https://donorsnet.net/blood-donor-services-forced-to-reduce-opening-hours-due-to-wa-labor-crisis/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 01:50:48 +0000 https://donorsnet.net/blood-donor-services-forced-to-reduce-opening-hours-due-to-wa-labor-crisis/ The workforce crisis in Western Australia caused by the pandemic is exacerbating a shortage of blood supply that affects the whole country. Key points: Workforce shortages force blood donation services to reduce opening hours One out of two donors cancels their appointment during the day The rise of elective surgeries is also putting pressure on […]]]>

The workforce crisis in Western Australia caused by the pandemic is exacerbating a shortage of blood supply that affects the whole country.

In November, it was announced that blood supplies in Australia had fallen to their lowest level in 10 years, and the Red Cross said the situation had not improved.

Lifeblood’s executive director for donor services, Cath Stone, said it had been difficult to find workers to cover staff who had contracted COVID-19.

She said it affected the opening hours of several donation centers.

“We managed to maintain our openness, even if we had to cut [opening] hours.

“We are seeing a higher rate of work stoppages in our teams.”

COVID-related labor shortages have slowed the flow of blood donations in WA.(ABC News: Maisie Cohen)

Labor shortages are the latest in a list of challenges caused by the pandemic.

Ms Stone said that although demand for blood was high, donor cancellations remained a significant problem.

She said the return of elective surgeries that had been delayed due to the pandemic were starting to increase at high volumes.

“People are putting off major checks for things like cancer; now we’re seeing an increase in the rate of treatment.

“We expect that to continue for some time.”

Each state in the country was experiencing the pandemic differently, she added.

Elective surgery always ends

Australian Medical Association WA president Mark Duncan-Smith said while elective surgery was taking off in the eastern states, WA had yet to regain full capacity.

Dr Duncan-Smith said that with elective surgery reduced in WA, he expected demand for blood in the state to be lower than in Eastern states.

“I think from a WA State-based perspective, I would expect the demand for blood supplies to be reduced from normal.”

Ms Stone said WA was still experiencing a demand for blood as each state in the country experienced the pandemic differently and the demand was slightly different.

She said the Australian Red Cross continued to do all it could to meet the need for blood, which “remains every day of the year”.


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The local blood donor initiative is expected to plant 10,000 trees by May https://donorsnet.net/the-local-blood-donor-initiative-is-expected-to-plant-10000-trees-by-may/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 23:04:15 +0000 https://donorsnet.net/the-local-blood-donor-initiative-is-expected-to-plant-10000-trees-by-may/ PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — An initiative set up by a local blood donation program is on track to plant more than 10,000 trees by May. ImpactLife has partnered with the National Forest Foundation for the “Give Back and Go Green” initiative to plant trees on behalf of donors who come to donate blood in National […]]]>

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — An initiative set up by a local blood donation program is on track to plant more than 10,000 trees by May.

ImpactLife has partnered with the National Forest Foundation for the “Give Back and Go Green” initiative to plant trees on behalf of donors who come to donate blood in National Forests across the country.

William Hudson, donor relations consultant at ImpactLife, said they were on track to plant more than 10,000 trees by the end of the initiative on May 15.

“The idea is not just to give back by saving lives with blood donations, you’re giving back to the environment,” he said.

Hudson has added it to his way of attracting donors in a unique way.

“Not only does this engage our donors in a different way than we have done before, but it gives them confidence that they are doing a great thing in addition to donating blood.”

Hudson said donors also receive a voucher for an electronic gift card from Amazon, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, Subway, Starbucks or Walmart. Whole blood donors receive a $10 voucher. Donors who donate through automated collection procedures (platelets, plasma and double red blood cells) receive a $25 voucher.

“We thank them with a voucher, but we also give them the opportunity to help the environment,” Hudson said.

Hudson said ImpactLife needs all blood types, especially O negative.

“Give Back and Go Green” continues through May 15.

Illinois has a national forest, Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.


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Cedar Rapids whole blood donor makes 100th donation https://donorsnet.net/cedar-rapids-whole-blood-donor-makes-100th-donation/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://donorsnet.net/cedar-rapids-whole-blood-donor-makes-100th-donation/ Former Indian Creek Nature Center director is among top 3% donors as need for blood banks continues Rich Patterson makes his 100th donation to ImpactLife in Cedar Rapids. He is one of the top 3% blood donors in the organization. (Submitted) CEDAR RAPIDS – ImpactLife celebrates a donor who has reached 100 whole blood donations […]]]>

Former Indian Creek Nature Center director is among top 3% donors as need for blood banks continues

Rich Patterson makes his 100th donation to ImpactLife in Cedar Rapids. He is one of the top 3% blood donors in the organization. (Submitted)

CEDAR RAPIDS – ImpactLife celebrates a donor who has reached 100 whole blood donations – a milestone that places him in the top 3% of all active blood donors.

The streak began in 1978 for 72-year-old Rich Patterson of Cedar Rapids when he donated blood at Mercy Medical Center and then at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, now known as ImpactLife. It wasn’t his first donation, which he made as a student in the ’60s, but it was the first that started a trend for Patterson.

As a whole blood donor, Patterson was able to donate every 56 days, up to six times a year.

Patterson, who is also a freelance columnist for The Gazette, didn’t start out as a dedicated donor, he said, when he started giving occasionally.

“Then it became a habit. I learned that every time I donate blood, it can help up to three people,” he said. “In theory, it saves people’s lives. and that seemed pretty good, so I got into giving as often as I could.”

Since 1978, the only break in his routine was cancer treatment from 2006 to 2011, after which he donated ASAP.

“It didn’t feel right” not to donate, Patterson said.

But as director of the Indian Creek Nature Center for 36 years from 1978 to 2014, the little habit was an easy way to give back to his busy schedule. Working for a nonprofit that relied on volunteers, Patterson knows the value of volunteerism at a time when it has been in decline for decades.

“Donating blood is a form of volunteering, and it doesn’t take too long,” he said. “In my life, I have always volunteered in different places – volunteering is essential.”

“All products and types of donations are greatly needed, so we appreciate the dedication of frequent donors of whole blood, platelets, plasma and double red blood cells,” said Kirby Winn, public relations manager for ImpactLife. “Having (100) donations over so many years certainly represents a high level of commitment to our mission for a long time.”

Through May 15, ImpactLife is partnering with the National Forest Foundation to plant thousands of trees. Through his Give Back and Go Green initiative, blood donors can help blood banks and nature like Patterson has done for so many years.

Every blood donor participating in the program has the opportunity to have a tree planted in a US national forest, saving lives and supporting reforestation at the same time. All donors in attendance will receive a voucher to redeem for a gift card up to $25 and a tree to plant in their name.

Based on current estimates, ImpactLife expects 20,000 trees to be planted through this promotion, advancing a campaign launched by the National Forest Foundation in 2018 to plant 50 million trees.

To learn more about donating blood or scheduling an appointment, visit bloodcenter.org/donate or call (800) 747-5401.

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UAF will present a forum on blood donor restrictions https://donorsnet.net/uaf-will-present-a-forum-on-blood-donor-restrictions/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 01:45:54 +0000 https://donorsnet.net/uaf-will-present-a-forum-on-blood-donor-restrictions/ Listen to this article The Utah AIDS Foundation will host a virtual Forum of Public Health Champions to discuss current FDA blood donor restrictions targeting gay and bisexual men. The group believes that the current FDA ban preventing sexually active gay and bisexual men from donating blood is discriminatory and seen by many in the […]]]>
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The Utah AIDS Foundation will host a virtual Forum of Public Health Champions to discuss current FDA blood donor restrictions targeting gay and bisexual men. The group believes that the current FDA ban preventing sexually active gay and bisexual men from donating blood is discriminatory and seen by many in the medical community as an unnecessary obstruction to the nation’s crucial blood supply. The Red Cross recently said the recent rise in Covid-19 cases had fueled the “worst blood shortage in over a decade”.

“Restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood stem from the peak of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s,” organizers wrote in a statement. “As LGBTQ+ advocates, the Utah AIDS Foundation joins more than two dozen members of Congress in calling on the Food and Drug Administration to further ease donor restrictions. The institutionalized stigma of HIV and gay and bisexual men is unwarranted and harmful.

Forum panelists include Troy Willams, executive director of Equality Utah; Utah State Senator Derek Kitchen; and Matt Bryan, associate medical director of LGBTQ+ health at Intermountain Healthcare and trustee of the Utah AIDS Foundation. Shireen Ghorbani, Trustee of the Utah AIDS Foundation, will moderate the forum.

The Red Cross recently said the recent rise in Covid-19 cases had fueled the “worst blood shortage in over a decade”. Join us for this relevant and serious discussion.

The event will take place virtually on Thursday, May 19. The suggested ticket price is $25 per household. Register at utahaids.org/events


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