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2015 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!

Norman Bosshardt
Mesa Donor Center

Norman has been a faithful donor at the Mesa center since 1983, and has achieved an impressive record of 347 donations. He can always be counted on to donate platelets – especially when he is a special match for a patient. Part of an elite group, Norman was one of the first 57 donors to be inducted into United Blood Services Century Club, entering as a Silver member. He is easy-going and never lets anything dissuade him from donating. Other donors enjoy it when Norman is in the Mesa Center, too, as they can always expect a marathon of NCIS episodes with a free-flowing bag of fresh-made popcorn.

Sandra Britton
Goodyear Donor Center

Sandra Britton has donated 100 times for Arizona patients since 2009. She was already a faithful blood donor long before she graced the front door of the Goodyear Center and has achieved a lifetime total of 222 donations. She’s the prefect MAX donor because, every two weeks, she gives whatever donation procedure is needed most based on current hospital supplies and her blood type. Sandra likes to give, rather than to receive, so she frequently declines to accept donor thank you gifts. She understands the importance of an ample blood supply, as it has impacted her own family.

Mike Frost
Chandler Donor Center

Mike has been a dedicated donor since 1976 and has given and incredible 493 times. In fact, he is among the top eight people across Arizona with the highest number of donations. Mike was inducted as a Gold member into United Blood Services’ Century Club last fall due to this achievement. Rain or shine, he is always the first donor at the center and gives the maximum allowable donations each year. Mike is a devoted donor who is always available when needed. He even came in to donate for a patient when he was experiencing hardship due to a family member’s illness.

Sean Preuss
Scottsdale Donor Center

Sean was in college when he first started donating blood, but became a regular MAX donor in 2013 when he learned that cancer patients depend upon platelet transfusions. Sean lost his uncle to colon cancer in 2010, and his aunt to leukemia one year later – which left six cousins without parents. He realized that, for those struggling with cancer, his platelet contribution was lifesaving. He hopes that each of his platelet donations helps a patient recover so that they can come home to their loved ones. Sean has a competitive nature, so reaching the maximum 24-donation goal in 2015 was an important achievement for him. He also enjoys talking to other donors about their donation goals and encourages his friends, family and students to give platelets, too.

Ward Triplett
Glendale Donor Center

Ward volunteers in his local community to aid veterans, military facilities, seniors and children. When he saw a young girl named Kellie suffering from leukemia on the evening news asking for people to give platelets, he knew he had to help. So, he drove to the nearest Donor Center to give platelets to help kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Since then, Ward has averaged more than 20 platelet donations per year for nearly a decade. He has given an amazing 253 times. He regularly serves as an ambassador for platelet donation as he strikes up conversations with other donors to encourage them to try an automated procedure. Ward has volunteered to head up the blood drive committee at his local church with thousands of members, seeing the potential lifesaving impact that could be made by one group of people.

James Van Dyne
Phoenix Donor Center

With 592 donations on record, Jim has given more times that anyone else in Arizona and has been a dedicated platelet donor for more than 20 years. When Jim’s wife was diagnosed with cancer, he promised her that he would give blood as often as he could, hoping to reach 500 donations in her honor. Sadly, Mary Lou lost her fight with cancer in 1989, but Jim has continued his pledge to give platelets every two weeks. Jim is always ready to talk about the importance of blood donating with everyone he meets and has even participated in television interviews with United Blood Services to help increase awareness. Because of his dedication to saving lives, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton proclaimed October 23, 2014, as Jim Van Dyne Day.

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.”

Life is Good Again: Robert Scanlan’s Story

By Robert Scanlan

I was Headshotliving the American Dream with good health, a loving family, a beautiful home and a thriving business. In fact, we were scheduled to move the business to larger quarters the last weekend in March, 1998.

Early Monday morning as I dressed, my wife teased, “Honey… better exercise more. Your tummy’s getting round.”

Two days later at the doctor’s office I had no medical history to share—nothing worse than the common cold. Days later in the hospital, doctors told me, “Your liver is in total failure. We don’t know why. There is no cure. No way to fix it. The only solution is a liver transplant. We’ll do our best to keep you alive day-to-day while we try to get you on the waiting list.”

I was one of the lucky ones. Thanks to the miraculous skills of my transplant medical team, the loving act of organ donation by an unknown family and the generous contribution of blood donors who provided more than 40 blood transfusions for this procedure, I received a new liver two weeks later.

Six months after transplant, I returned home to find we had lost our home, our business, all our assets and my career. I have an MBA and decades of business and finance experience, yet could no longer do arithmetic.

Two years later, I had rebuilt a fully active life with my family, friends and a new career.

Life was productive and fulfilling again… until ten years later when my new liver failed. Scar tissue build-up and liver rejection placed me back in the hospital ICU and on the transplant waiting list. I would also need a new kidney for survival since the medications keeping me alive for the past ten years had the side-effect of attacking my kidneys.

Once again, through the brilliance of talented surgeons, the lifesaving gifts of yet another unknown organ donor family and the donations of another 50 unknown friends who gave blood, I received both a new liver and a kidney. Again, I found myself physically and financially devastated. At 6’2” tall, I weighed 104 pounds. My finances were in about the same condition.

I had another life rebuilding job to tackle and returned to school. I became a professional transitions coach for life and business, a writer, author, and speaker. I dedicated a major portion of my time pro-bono to assist transplant patients and their families in crisis, and to raise awareness of the need for organ donor registration. And without so many anonymous donors in my life, I would have missed another inspiring family adventure!

My granddaughter, Ally, just returned from three weeks in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands. Her journey was not a vacation—all business. With a lifelong commitment as a musician, singer and song writer, this trip marked a turning point in her life. The venture was her first tour with a rock band as lead singer, also playing the keyboard and guitar. The toughest part for her was handling media interviews in three languages.

The organizers molded the itinerary around her return to a more stable paying job as assistant teacher of Advanced Spanish for senior students at a major college-prep. She also needed to return to her own classwork. Ally is in the eighth grade.

Life is good again.

Robert Scanlan is a public speaker and author. His forthcoming book, Tigers Under My Bed is due out soon and focuses on his amazing journey through three organ transplants and the life-issues that brings. Find out more about Tigers Under My Bed and Robert at http://tigersundermybed.com.

January 2015 Blood Donor Rewards

All Donors:
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Give blood January 1-15 and receive a voucher to redeem online for a ticket to the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open!

MAX Donors:AZ-Ren-Festival-Logo2-Color
Give a MAX donation between January 16 and February 27 at one of our valley donor centers and receive a voucher for a ticket to the Arizona Renaissance Festival!

 

09-Promo-HeroinMe-LogoAll Donors:
Earn Hero in Me Rewards points when you donate. Rewards points can be used to get t-shirts, movie tickets, ice cream and more.  >Find out more

Cholesterol Testing:
Donated recently? We’ve performed a free total cholesterol test for you. About seven days after your donation, you can get your results! >Check it out!

Schedule your next appointment online,
or by calling 1-877-UBS-HERO (827-4376).

If you have been told previously by United Blood Services or another blood center
that you should never donate blood, please do not consider this message as an
invitation to donate. The Cape electronic newsletter is intended as an
informational resource for all friends of Arizona’s blood supply.

United Blood Services Announces 5th Annual Tour de Hero Bike Ride

coffeemug_1colorRegistration is now open for United Blood Services 5th Annual Tour de Hero 100K/50K bike ride scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.  Tour de Hero was created to help raise awareness and increase blood donations for patients during the winter holiday season. Riders are encouraged to recruit blood donors to give at a United Blood Services donor center between Nov. 1 and Jan. 10, earning discounted registration fees and one ticket for great raffle prizes for each donor recruited.  For information and to register, visit www.ArizonaHero.com/TourdeHero.  Then, grab your bike, have a great ride and become a hero to Arizona’s hospital patients this holiday season!

United Blood Services 5th Annual Tour de Hero Bike Ride
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Start/Finish/Grand Finale Lunch: UBS Headquarters, 6220 E. Oak St., Scottsdale

 

For Details & Registration, Visit www.ArizonaHero.com/TourdeHero
$25 Advance Registration + 50 Points (Increases to $50 after Dec. 15)
Points earned by recruiting blood donors and/or cash sponsors

  • 9:00am Advanced Ride: 100K/62-Mile
  • 10:00 Intermediate Ride: 50K/31-Mile
  • Noon – 3:00pm: Complimentary Finish Line Lunch

Sponsored by:
United Blood Services, Los Freeloaders Cycling Team, Bike Barn, Global Bikes, Southwest Bicycles, Sunday Cycles, Tribe Multisport, Chompie’s, Clif Bars, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Soleri at Cosanti, Polsinelli & Universal Technical Institute

During the fish line lunch, riders will personally meet and hear the stories of blood recipients whose lives were saved by blood donors.  Cyclists will ride in the name of a participating Arizona blood recipient and wear a UBS photo bib pinned on their jersey in the recipient’s honor.  Tour de Hero is scheduled to begin and end at the United Blood Services headquarters in Scottsdale, with rest stop locations throughout the ride and a complimentary finish line lunch.

 Since the inception of the ride, Tour de Hero cyclists have recruited nearly 650 blood donors to support hospital patients during the most difficult time of the year to maintain Arizona’s blood supply.  “A single donation can save several lives because blood can be separated into components,” said Audrey Jennings, United Blood Services Regional Center Director.  “In just one hour, each donor can be a hero for an accident victim, a person undergoing surgery and a child receiving treatment for cancer.”  Find the Hero in You at Tour de Hero!

Media Days Ramps Up Efforts to Increase Winter Holiday Blood Donations

As the winter holiday season goes into full swing, so do United Blood Services’ efforts to ramp up blood donations.  The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the most difficult time of the year to meet patient blood needs.  To prevent a holiday blood shortage, 3TV is launching a campaign with nearly 20 radio stations and the Streets of New York to inspire 500 donors to give blood each day Dec. 23 through Jan. 4.  Donors of all blood types are needed, especially O-negative, the universal blood donor!

Dec 1 – 31:  Give Blood, Get Pizza!
2014-STNY-LogoAll December blood donors in metro Phoenix and the Prescott area will be rewarded with a voucher for a free 14” cheese pizza, courtesy of Streets of New York!  The fifteen-time winner of the New Times “Best Pizza in Phoenix” has partnered with United Blood Services to make sure patients across Arizona have the lifesaving blood transfusions they need this holiday season.  Native Grill and Wings has joined the effort in Northern Arizona by thanking all Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Tuba City and Verde Valley donors with a voucher for a free 10” cheese pizza.  Since blood has a shelf life of 42 days, donors will help save patients throughout the most challenging time of the year to maintain our state’s blood supply. 

Dec. 23 – Jan. 3:  Media Days Lifesaving Broadcast @ UBS Donor Centers
Visit www.BloodHero.com to schedule your appointment.
O-neg-sidebar2To prevent a holiday blood shortage, 3TV is launching a campaign with 20 Valley radio stations and the Streets of New York to inspire 500 donors to give blood each day through Jan. 4.  The top reason cited for not donating blood is “No one asked me.”  Participating stations have solved this problem by each adopting two days to ask their listeners to roll up their sleeves at a United Blood Services donor center.  Leading up to each station’s designated day, a combination of community service programming, news stories and public service announcements are planned to increase awareness on the extraordinary need for blood donors during the holiday season.

saveazlogoSun., Jan. 4: Saving Arizona Blood Drive, Tempe Center for the Arts, 7am – 1pm
Click on the Saving Arizona image to schedule your appointment.
The excitement escalates with the grand finale event on Sun., Jan. 4, at the Saving Arizona Blood Drive, where United Blood Services hopes to attract 400 blood donors at the Tempe Center for the Arts to help replenish our state’s blood supply following the holiday season. All donors will be thanked with a voucher for a one-day gate pass to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, courtesy of The Thunderbirds, and a voucher for a complimentary 14” cheese pizza from Streets of New York.  To make a donation appointment at Saving Arizona, CLICK HERESponsored by: Tempe Center for the Arts, 3TV, News-Talk 92.3 KTAR, Arizona Sports Now on 98.7., Waste Management Phoenix Open and Streets of New York.

At the time of year when Arizona’s patient population is at its highest, blood donations are at the lowest.  “We hope to encourage more blood donations while people are focused on the spirit of giving,” said Audrey Jennings, Regional Center Director for United Blood Services/Arizona.  Winter vacations and school recesses prevent many organizations from holding blood drives.  The cold and flu season can also temporarily defer many regular donors from being eligible to give blood.  Jennings added, “It takes a personal commitment to save lives.  If you don’t give blood, who will?”

December 2014 Blood Drive Coordinator Tip

Tish Mailloux – Hero Award Winner from Mayo Clinic…

focuses on encouraging past donors to give more frequently.  They created an incentive program that provides gifts for donors who give at multiple drives during the year.  She utilizes online registration, cafeteria recruitment and email reminders as ways to break down barriers to participation. “Creating awareness about the blood drive program is the key. Keep the momentum going,” Tish said.  “Don’t let it drop when the blood drive stops.”

December 2014 Blood Donor Rewards

All Donors:
2014-STNY-LogoGive blood. Get Pizza!
Give blood in December and receive a voucher for a free 14” cheese pizza, donated by Streets of New York..

Native-Grill-and-Wings-Logo-webAll Flagstaff Area Donors:
Give blood. Get Pizza!
December donors receive a voucher for a free 10” cheese pizza, donated by Native Grill and Wings.

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All White Mountains Area Donors:
Hear the Sweet Sound of Saving Lives!
Donate blood Nov. 16 – Dec. 31 and you will receive a voucher for ONE ticket to a concert, courtesy of the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra.

McDonalds LogoAll Yuma and Tucson Area Donors:
Give Blood, Get Delighted!
Donate blood Nov. 16 – 30 and you will receive a voucher for an Egg White Delight McMuffin®, courtesy of McDonald’s®.

2014-STNY-LogoAll Prescott Area Donors:
Give blood. Get Pizza!
Give blood in December and receive a voucher for a free 14” cheese pizza, donated by Streets of New York.

09-Promo-HeroinMe-LogoAll Donors:
Earn Hero in Me Rewards points when you donate. Rewards points can be used to get t-shirts, movie tickets, ice cream and more.  >Find out more

Cholesterol Testing:
Donated recently? We’ve performed a free total cholesterol test for you. About seven days after your donation, you can get your results! >Check it out!

Schedule your next appointment online,
or by calling 1-877-UBS-HERO (827-4376).

If you have been told previously by United Blood Services or another blood center
that you should never donate blood, please do not consider this message as an
invitation to donate. The Cape electronic newsletter is intended as an
informational resource for all friends of Arizona’s blood supply.

A Special Thank You Message From Blood Recipients

Dear Blood Donors:

Your small act of donating blood made a huge impact on my life.  When I was diagnosed with leukemia, my own blood was literally killing me.  Donated blood was the only thing that kept me alive before the chemo and radiation began to work.  And the donated blood continued to keep me alive while the cancer treatments drained me of all vitality.  It took 24 transfusions to keep me going, and because of those 24 wonderful donors I have been able to celebrate 10 more birthdays that I otherwise would not have had; and now that my cancer is cured I will continue celebrating all of the small and large events that make life worth living.

I don’t know whose transfused blood I received, so as far as I’m concerned, every blood donor saved my life.

From me and my family- thank you for taking a small amount of your time to give me the rest of my life.

~Katie Hahn

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Paul and Katie Hahn


Dear Blood Donors:

You don’t know me, but I need to say “thank you.”

You don’t know me, but I need to say “thank you” for allowing me to follow my dreams.  You don’t know me, but I need to say “thank you” for giving me the opportunity to be a father and watch my daughter grow.  You don’t know me, but I need to say “thank you” for donating blood.  You don’t know me, but I need to say “thank you” for saving my life.

Thank you,

Branden Lombardi

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Branden and Daughter Sophie


Dear Blood Donors:

Our 4-year-old daughter, Zoiey, was diagnosed with leukemia in the Summer of 2013.  She was rushed to the emergency room, severely anemic, with her blood counts abnormal.  She needed several emergency blood transfusions, which helped to save her life.  It has been a long and crazy journey ever since.  Through it all, what we have been truly thankful for the more than the dozen blood donors who have chosen to help save our daughter’s life.  We don’t know who you are, but you are our heroes.  If she ever needs any more transfusions in the future, we know we have nothing to worry about.  We want to send a big “thank you” to all the blood donors and United Blood Services.  Just think about it.  The little bit of blood you give can save somebody’s life, like my Zoiey’s.   Every time you give, you are somebody’s hero.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stephannie Gaines

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(l to r) Zoiey, Eric, Tanner, Travis, Stephannie


Dear Blood Donors:

I was born with a rare blood disorder that prevented my body from making red blood cells, so I needed a blood transfusion every month.  I received more than 100 of them.  In 2007, I received a bone marrow transplant from my brother.  I haven’t needed any more transfusions since then.

Thanks to blood donors like you, my life today is great! I just started high school and I love it! It is super big (it has about 4,000 kids enrolled) but it is fun! I recently auditioned for Peter Pan and got the role of Michael Darling. I am also cheerleading at Desert Storm elite and I adore it. It is fun doing all the motions and stunts. I sing in my school’s choir and volunteer with my mom with National Charity League. I want to thank all my donors and hope to see all of you at the next blood drive in Arizona!

Love, Hayley

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Thanksgiving Blood Donors Hear the Sweet Sound of Saving Lives

Phoenix, Flagstaff & White Mountain Symphonies Thank November Donors with Free Ticket Vouchers

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The holiday season is built on traditions and the annual Thanksgiving symphony partnership is one of United Blood Services most popular.  This year marks the 13th season that The Phoenix Symphony will inspire thousands of people to donate to build Thanksgiving holiday blood supplies by offering a voucher for a free performance.  Being the longest vacation week of the year for many, Thanksgiving has traditionally marked one of the most difficult holidays to meet Arizona patient transfusion needs.  Thanks to the “Sweet Sound of Saving Lives” campaign, United Blood Services has averted a Thanksgiving blood shortage for more than a decade.

While schedules often become more hectic leading up to Thanksgiving, the need for blood is constant.  Arizona patients depend upon nearly 500 blood donors every day, even during the holiday week.  Red blood cells (the most commonly transfused component) have a shelf life of 42 days, so November donors can save lives beyond New Year’s Day. “As we celebrate our health and well-being with family, it is important to remember that patients are relying on a plentiful blood supply so that they can celebrate another holiday with their families as well,” said Audrey Jennings, Regional Center Director for United Blood Services/Arizona.

Since the partnership was first established with The Phoenix Symphony in 2002, the campaign has grown to become one of United Blood Services most popular and has inspired more than 47,000 people to donate blood.  The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra joined the effort in 2004 to thank Northern Arizona Thanksgiving donors.  Six years ago, the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra enthusiastically partnered and expanded the date of their campaign through Dec. 31 to reach people in outlying communities as United Blood Services travels across northeastern Arizona.

Symphonies Bring Music to the Ears of Blood Donors Across Arizona

  • The Phoenix Symphony, Nov. 1 – 30: Metro Phoenix Center MAX* donors (specialized donation procedure)
  • The Phoenix Symphony, Nov. 16 – 30: Metro Phoenix blood drives & all center donors
  • Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 16 – 30: Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Sedona & Winslow blood drives
  • White Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 16 – Dec. 31: Holbrook, Pinetop, Show Low & Springerville-Eagar blood drives

 *Metropolitan Phoenix blood donors can take advantage of the offer the entire month of November by trying an automated MAX donation at any of United Blood Services six Valley donor centers.  MAX donors help United Blood Services better meet the daily needs of Arizona hospital patients by giving the automated donation procedure that is most needed based on their blood type and physical attributes.

maestroThe November symphony partnership with United Blood Services was inspired when The Phoenix Symphony’s late maestro, Hermann Michael, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a disease that affected his body’s ability to produce blood cells.  Doctors treated him with chemotherapy and blood transfusions every few days.  Maestro Michael was grateful that blood was there for him when he needed it and shared his story with the public to inspire increased donations.  “This disease strikes only one person in three million,” he told The Arizona Republic when he was diagnosed in 1999.  “See how special I am?”  Although the maestro succumbed to his blood disease six years later, The Phoenix Symphony’s annual tradition of saving lives every Thanksgiving holiday continues.