Monthly Archives: October 2014

We Have A Winner! Peoria Woman Wins New Car!

DriveAwayAHeroSoloJackie Galbraith Drives Away a Hero with a
2014 Passat S Donated by Valley Volkswagen Dealers

2014 Winner CollageJackie Galbraith of Peoria won a 2014 Passat S donated by the Valley Volkswagen dealers in the United Blood Services “Drive Away a Hero” campaign. Her name was drawn from among the 43,828 donors who gave blood June 1 – August 31 and were automatically entered to win during the summer crusade to increase blood donations. Ten donors were drawn as finalists and unveiled throughout the summer on AZ-TV, media partner for the campaign. The finalists gathered Sept. 19 for the Grand Prize Ceremony at United Blood Services headquarters. Each finalist selected a case with a key during a Deal or No Deal game show event. Galbraith was the lucky finalist who chose case #4, the one that contained the key that started the engine of the winning Volkswagen in United Blood Services parking lot. She drove away the proud winner and a hero to Arizona hospital patients!

A 17-time donor, Galbraith garnered her spot in the grand prize ceremony when she gave blood Aug. 19 at United Blood Services’ Glendale Donor Center. She was touched when she learned the blood she donated that day went to help save an 83-year-old woman with post-hemorrhage anemia after a hip replacement surgery in a Scottsdale hospital. Galbraith first donated when she saw a blood drive at a mall, and began donating every three months after retiring as the business manager from DeVry University last year. “I’m amazed that more people don’t donate blood,” said Galbraith. “It’s really easy and I’m glad to do it.”

DSC_0048At the grand prize ceremony, Galbraith was especially moved by Mia, when she shared her story about how 114 blood donors have become her heroes. Mia was born with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare disorder that prevents her body from producing red blood cells. She requires blood transfusions every month at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa – a need that is expected to continue the rest of her life. Thanks to blood donors, Mia turned 12 years old on Sept. 19, the same day as the grand prize ceremony.

“The seven Valley Volkswagen Dealers and Volkswagen of America genuinely believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and do business,” said Lunde’s Peoria Volkswagen owner Dennis Lunde on behalf of the dealerships. “What better way to support United Blood Services in their efforts than to make sure there is an adequate blood supply for those in need.”

“United Blood Services was honored to have the opportunity to partner with Valley Volkswagen dealers in a three-month campaign that encouraged so many donors to give blood, especially during the summer,” said Sid Lewis, Regional Donor Recruitment Director for United Blood Services/Arizona. “It was most rewarding to see such a dedicated blood donor drive away as United Blood Services honored hero!”

Your Valley Volkswagen Dealers

  • Avondale – Larry Miller Volkswagen, 10205 W. Papago Fwy.
  • Gilbert – Berge Volkswagen, 385 W. Baseline Rd.
  • Gilbert – San Tan Volkswagen, 1489 E. Motorplex Loop
  • Peoria – Lunde’s Peoria Volkswagen, 8801 W. Bell Rd.
  • Phoenix – Camelback Volkswagen, 1499 E. Camelback Rd.
  • Phoenix – Volkswagen North Scottsdale, 7001 E. Chauncey Ln.
  • Scottsdale – Chapman Volkswagen, 6601 E. McDowell Rd.

4 Donations, 4 Months, Platelet Donors Become All-Stars 4 Life

2014-Platelet-Allstar-program-web-logo2014-ZoieyPlatelet donors are true heroes to people like 5-year-old Zoiey.  In June 2013, Zoiey was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most common form of childhood leukemia.  Her blood counts were so low that she received a platelet transfusion while she was being flown from Yuma to Phoenix to begin her treatments at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  So far, she has received 5 platelet and 6 red blood cell transfusions and receives more when her counts are low.  Her treatments are expected to continue for another year.
4-DonationsTo ensure that patients like Zoiey have the platelet transfusions they need, United Blood Services annually offers a program to encourage people to give platelets during the holidays.  Called All-Stars 4 Life, donors who give platelets between October 1 and January 31 are invited to take part. Following each platelet donation, the donor will receive a small “thank you” item to remind them of the people who receive their gift of life. Those who give 4 times during the 4-month program will be entered to win courtside tickets to a Phoenix Suns game, courtesy of the Phoenix Suns

Platelets are the component in whole blood that helps control bleeding. Using a special donation process called apheresis, blood centers can collect enough platelets for one or more transfusions from a single donor. During a platelet donation, whole blood is collected into a machine that separates the platelets then returns the red cells and other components to the donor. Donors can give platelets as often as every three days, up to 24 times a year.  Each donation takes about two hours to complete.

The need for platelets is constant.  Every day, hundreds of patients across Arizona require platelet transfusions to support them through treatments for cancer, burns, traumatic injuries and other life-threatening conditions.  Platelets are also used in large quantities, and over extended periods of time, by leukemia, cancer and bone marrow transplant patients. Platelets also are used following surgery to help stop bleeding. With a shelf life of only 5 days, platelets are a very precious component of blood.

AZTV-7-13-Final-BGAZ-TV has also teamed up as the media partner for All-Stars 4 Life and is scheduled to air monthly segments so viewers can learn more about how platelet transfusions save lives in Arizona hospitals.

To make an appointment to give platelets, call 1-877-UBS HERO (827-4376).