2014 MAX Donors of the Year

2013 LogoBlood donors are often unsung heroes. Last fall, UBS center staff members nominated outstanding MAX donors who demonstrate dedication to the blood program in their attitude and actions. They considered those donors who are willing to give the type of donation most needed by patients when asked to do so and those who provide inspiration for others to join them in donating blood. To honor their unique dedication and spirit, a star was named for each of them with the International Star Registry. Congratulations to the MAX Donors of the Year!

Lawrence Anders
Phoenix Donor Center

Larry has been a dedicated platelet donor for more than 17 years, currently donating over 20 triple platelet donations in a year. Because he is Type A-, he also donates red cells. In addition, he is the coordinator at his church, running as many as three blood drives a
year. He says that guys at work are getting tired of him trying to get them to donate, but “I’m not giving up!” Larry is a devoted husband, father and church member. He also donates his time to the Phoenix Police Department’s youth program. The Phoenix Donor Center staff says “Larry’s smile, light-hearted spirit, and dedication to blood donation is a welcome sight every 2 weeks.”

Linda Cleary
Scottsdale Donor Center

What may first strike others about Linda is her style and fashion. The Scottsdale Donor Center staff calls her a “fashionista.” She even dresses to reflect the spirit of the holidays, such as Christmas-themed attire or showing up as a witch for Halloween. Linda has been a regular donor since 2000 and has made her bi-weekly platelet appointments a top priority by always booking her next appointment before she leaves her current one—and she is never late. With one of the highest cell counts in the center, she enthusiastically gave 24 double platelet donations last year. She has an infectious upbeat personality and doesn’t miss an opportunity to make friends with other donors. The Scottsdale staff says “she has a personality that people are drawn to. Very fun!”

Colleen Cummings
Mesa Donor Center

Colleen has been a faithful donor with United Blood Services for over
30 years. In 2009, she made her first platelet donation and she hasn’t
stopped since. All told, she has made 145 donations. Unless her iron
is too low, she gives platelets every two or three weeks alongside her
daughter. In addition to her platelet donations, Colleen volunteers many
hours with her church. The Mesa Donor Center staff looks forward
to her visits when she keeps them current on all of her family news.
The Mesa staff describe her as a “dedicated and true volunteer,” who
“always keeps us laughing.”

John Johnson
Chandler Donor Center

John never misses any of his over 20 platelet appointments every year. When he is at the Chandler Donor Center, he takes every opportunity to educate others about platelet donations and what it means to him. He personally shares his gratitude to other donors for their commitment to the blood program. The staff at Chandler Donor Center describe John as helpful and wonderful to have around. “John is always happy to be here; he always has a smile on his face. He has saved so many lives and he enjoys every minute of it.”

Marcia Unser
Glendale Donor Center

The adjectives that best describe Marcia are dedicated, kind, caring, generous, and—most of all—humble. The Glendale Donor Center staff writes that she “wouldn’t want anyone to make a big deal about anything she does.” But, she does a lot for her community. Since 1984, she’s donated platelets 264 times. She coordinated blood drives at Honeywell before she retired and now volunteers for hospice. She feels very strongly about the mission of United Blood Services and the importance of platelet donation and will share her opinions with anyone who will listen. It’s no wonder that Glendale staff consider her “a huge part of our platelet family.”