41 Years and Counting

All of our donors love supporting our lifesaving cause, especially Greg.

Greg receiver's a certificate in honor of having completed 400 total donations.

Greg receives a certificate in honor of having completed 400 total donations.

Meet Greg McDermott, a local Indianapolis donor who’s been giving since 1973. He tells it like it is. Read his story below.

“I started donating in the fall 1973 at a mobile blood drive held at my school in honor of severe mentally disabled students. I donated whole blood for couple years after this because it was so easy and quick.

Later on, I read about the apheresis process in an article published in what used to be the Star magazine section of the Indianapolis Star. It intrigued me and I learned about how much more a single donation is multiplied through the use of the apheresis process.

The last 40+ years that I have donated, many have asked, “why do I continue to donate?” It is really very simple, how can anyone say no to saving a life? If you are able bodied and in good health, sharing that most precious gift of health with others is in my mind a no-brainer! The benefit to the donors is the incredible feeling of giving of yourself, which is when you truly give.”

- Greg McDermott

We thank Greg for sharing his inspiring and encouraging story. To follow Greg’s lead and Raise Your Sleeve, visit donorpoint.org to schedule an appointment.

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Marissa Raises Her Sleeve

Marissa Raises Her Sleeve in honor of her brother, Brett.

Everyone pays it forward for a reason. Marissa’s reason? Her brother Brett. Marissa and Brett Pangle differ in age by only a few years, but it’s their bond with one another that makes them so close.

Last month, Brett was admitted to Riley’s’ Children Hospital in need of transfusions to treat his hemolytic anemia. Hemolytic anemia is a medical condition in which the body fails to produce red blood cells at the same pace they decompose.

In honor of those that helped her brother, Marissa donated for the first time last Monday. Since landing in the hospital, Brett has received three live-saving transfusions. Following the example set by donors like you, Marissa has chosen to pay if forward by giving back just like those that gave to her brother, by proudly Raising Her Sleeve. Follow Marissa’s lead by scheduling an appointment today at donorpoint.org

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In Honor of Emily Stephenson

Emily in upper photograph. The Stephenson family in the lower photograph.

Emily and the Stephenson Family

Meet the almost 2-year-old Emily Stephenson. Born with a rare blood disease called Spherocytosis, Emily relies on blood from donors like you to keep her strong. Spherocytosis, a rare blood disorder characterized by the premature death of red blood cells is treated with the help of blood transfusions. Within last year, Emily has received over 20 blood transfusions.

As a way to bring attention to importance of blood donations and to help maintain the blood supply, the Stephenson family has organized a blood drive to take place on Monday, February 3 at Indiana Blood Center’s Carmel donor center. As “The Second Annual Blood Drive in Honor of Emily Stephenson”, Emily’s family hopes to collect 50 units of blood.  Please sign up at www.donorpoint.org to Raise Your Sleeve for Emily this coming Monday, February 3, on Emily’s second birthday and in honor of Emily and the many other people like her who rely on constant transfusions.

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Indiana Blood Center’s Community Artists Program

Indiana Blood Center has partnered with schools across the state of Indiana to launch its second year of the Community Artists Program. The program partners local elementary and intermediate schools’ art classes with Indiana Blood Center by allowing students to create and paint canvases reflecting themes related to  blood donation and Indiana Blood Center. Past theme’s have included, cell biology, Indiana Blood Center’s Raise Your Sleeve campaign, and Phil – Indiana Blood Center’s mascot. The resulting artwork then appears at Indiana Blood Center donor centers statewide, where they provide a pleasant viewing atmosphere for donors as they give blood.

Recently, Indiana Blood Center partnered with Dollens and Lincoln Elementary school’s where art teacher, Michelle Luck, had her students paint canvases relating to cell biology reflecting what they had learned in their science curriculum. Indiana Blood Center’s mascot – Phil, decided to pay a visit to the Indiana Blood Center’s Columbus donor center to check out the artwork and remind us of how simple the donating process can be!

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Donor of the Month

Congratulations to Indiana Blood Center’s Donor of the Month…

Ben donating platelets at Indiana Blood Center's Lafayette Donor Center

Ben donating platelets at Indiana Blood Center’s Lafayette Donor Center

Ben Davis

“Why would you not, I don’t have a good reason not to…” said, Benjamin Davis.

The “that” Ben Davis refers to, is donating blood.

“It doesn’t cost me anything, I’ve got the time to do it, and it’s something I can do to help save people’s lives, so why not do it?” Ben said.

With such a simple action, it’s difficult to argue with Ben who has donated 125 times (and counting).

At the age of 17, Ben donated for his first time with Indiana Blood Center during a blood drive held at his high school, Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana. Since then, he’s been an avid donor, donating consistently since 2006. He went from donating whole blood a few times a year, then making the switch to donating platelets in 2008.

During a conversation with an Indiana Blood Center donor center specialist, Ben realized he was best suited as a platelet donor. With AB+, Ben is the ideal platelet donor.

And why does he keep coming back you may wonder?

“It’s pretty simple why I give, it’s the right thing to do, it’s something good you can do, and it doesn’t cost you anything.”

Today, when one walks into the Lafayette donor center, he/she is  likely to see Ben donating platelets.

With so many donations under his belt, Ben enjoys giving the little perks he gets in return for his donations, to his kids. All three of his boys wear Indiana Blood Center hats, shirts, and even carry around Indiana Blood Center umbrellas on rainy days.

Ben is hopeful that when someone sees the Indiana Blood Center logo that his kids sport, they will be motivated to raise their sleeve.

Follow Ben’s lead and support our lifesaving cause by raising your sleeve. Visit Donorpoint.org to schedule your appointment today.

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Donor of the Month

Congratulations to Indiana Blood Center’s Donor of the Month…

Miriah, Mirisa, and Kathy at Miriah's wedding

Miriah, Kathy, and Mirisa at Miriah’s wedding

An 18-year-old Miriah waited in line, apprehensive yet determined. Her school, Linton High School, was sponsoring a blood drive for Indiana Blood Center, and she had resolved she would donate for the first time. Nervous, just as anyone donating for the first-time is, she gritted her teeth and proceeded forward in line.

Years later, Miriah continues to regularly donate to Indiana Blood Center. Reflecting back on her experience today, she notes that she was scared and didn’t know what to expect. But the kind and caring staff helped her through it. All her nerves were worth it.

Miriah to date has eight lifetime donations and continues to donate regularly.

Her story is made all the poignant however, when she discusses her sister. Miriah’s sister, Mirisa, passed away in August of 2011. Ever sisters, Miriah was eight months pregnant at the time, while her sister was seven months pregnant. During Mirisa’s third trimester she was diagnosed with HELLP, a life-threatening syndrome generally occurring during a women’s third trimester of pregnancy. The only treatment for such a condition is premature delivery of the baby, which helps counteract the effects.

Throughout this struggle Mirisia received countless blood products, helping to sustain her life. Because of the generous contributions of blood donors, Miriah was able to spend a few more hours with Mirisa, before she passed away.

Since then, Miriah has donated regularly with Indiana Blood Center.

Reflecting upon her sister’s situation, she notes that by donating, “You can help save lives. There are a lot of people who need it.”

Two months after the passing of her nephew and sister, Miriah hosted her first drive in honor of her sister. The date, October 15, 2011, would have been Mirisa’s 26th birthday. In commemoration of her sisters passing, Miriah and her mother, Kathy, created a scholarship, and set up a blood drive as part of a benefit. Her initial goal was to collect 26 units of blood, but that was surpassed with a total of 55 units.

Every year since, Miriah has continued to host a blood drive in commemoration of her sister, collecting 67 units in 2012.

This year, Miriah’s goal is to collect a minimum of 90 units.

Her advice to those interested in giving blood for the first time, “Donating makes your heart smile”.

Please consider donating blood on Saturday, October 12 from 10am-5pm at Linton Park in honor of Mirisa’s memory. Click here to make an appointment. If you cannot make it to this blood drive, make an appointment to Raise Your Sleeve another time at Donorpoint.org.

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Donor of the Month

Congratulations to Indiana Blood Center’s Donor of the Month…

“Gary is someone we have always been able to count on,” said Chelsea Roberts, donor center specialist at our Muncie location. “He’s one of the unseen donors, since he’s always in and out so early. He keeps his own schedule and truly realizes the positive impact of donating blood.”

Gary, 48, is a dedicated platelet donor and I Pledge member who began donating in 1997. Though he leads a rather busy life, he always sets aside time to make a life-saving difference by donating every two weeks.

“He has talked about how hectic his job can be,” said Chelsea, “but he always makes time for us. There’s never an excuse just solutions.”

Initially, Gary began donating when a loved one was hospitalized due to non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. It was during her treatment that Gary made the decision to take a proactive stance in the fight against cancer.

The transfusion of blood is essential in treating patients recovering from accident, illness or injury. For cancer patients, blood transfusions are a vital part of their treatment regimen.

When Gary found out his blood type was needed for a hospital patient, he was profoundly moved by the news. Since that moment he has had an even deeper understanding of the impact he makes with each donation.

“When you know someone personally who is benefitting from blood,” said Gary, “it puts a new meaning on it.”

Blood donation is quick and easy, it is also a cause in which Gary truly believes. He hopes to encourage eligible donors to give the gift of life.

“All you need is a little bit of time,” said Gary. “It’s not painful, and you’re helping someone else who’s in a bad situation.”

How can you follow Gary’s outstanding example? Visit DonorPoint.org and schedule an appointment to Raise Your Sleeve today.

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