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January 6, 2014
You've heard it before, but we’ll say it again – become a donor. But the question really is WHY should you give? Sure, donations save lives (again, you've heard that over and over again). But how? Let’s focus on blood. Every blood donation is separated into what we call components - red blood cells, plasma and platelets. Each of these elements is used for different medical procedures. This is how we are able to save three lives with just one donation.
December 31, 2013
scared As we step into a new year we evaluate what we’d like to change about our lives. Possibly our health or diet, the most popular of resolutions, are on the top of our list. “I will finally start that workout plan.” “I will stop eating fast food.” “I will drink less, give up smoking, etc.” We wish you the best of luck with your resolutions, we really do. But let’s face it. It’s hard to go from a load of pumpkin pie, fudge and mashed potatoes to going cold turkey in one day. Mmmmm…turkey…and did we mention the stress of family? Definitely makes us want to eat our feelings (reaches for pumpkin pie). But STOP! It’s change time.
November 1, 2013
What are you thankful for? We’re thankful for all of our donors. They’re all special. Our donors stand up to be counted on when patients need their help. They’re the kind of people who give of themselves. They stand in line in all types of weather at our mobile blood drives. They schedule appointments to donate platelets. They answer “Yes” to donating marrow or stem cells. They donate their child’s cord blood to one day cure someone. Some donors, even after they’ve passed away, donate as their last wish. Their final donation helps patients who need tissue transplants to lead healthier lives. Yes, our donors are truly wonderful individuals.
May 2, 2013

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Sometimes, there seems to be only bad news on television. After a sad week in April, when two tragedies struck our Nation, a lot of us were glued to our TV sets, phones, and computers. Each of us witnessing minute-by-minute reports. 

However, a particular quote was being shared and retweeted on social media while those two events were happening. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

Mr. Fred Rogers said that and still rings true today.

Immediately after those events, first responders stepped up and did their duty courageously, and after both events, donors immediately answered the call for blood.

February 26, 2013

The first use of an anesthetic in surgery can be traced to one doctor’s compassion and the curious after effects of a recreational drug.

In the early 1800s, “laughing gas parties” became the rage among certain sectors of the upper class. The wealthy inhaled ether (nitrous oxide) as a party favor. The gas produced contrasting outcomes. Some enjoyed a state of euphoria accompanied by uproarious laughter. Others fell into a stupor and then fell to the floor. They often received injuries but felt no pain or even remembered what had happened.

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