Category Archives: The Cape

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!

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

Kate & Paul

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.

November 2014 Blood Drive Coordinator Tip

Rachael Witkin

Hero Award Winner from Bank of America Chandler Boulevard Campus…
encourages her colleagues to create conversation about the blood drive.  “Don’t be shy.  Get out there and ask people to give blood,” Rachael said.  She wears her Hero Award cape to her events to attract attention.  And it works because people often ask her what she’s doing with her cape on.  “Just ask.  You’ll be amazed what can happen.”

November 2014 Blood Donor Rewards

2014-MAX-PhxSymphonyAll MAX Donors:
Maximize Your Impact!
All November MAX donors will receive a voucher for ONE ticket to a concert, courtesy of The Phoenix Symphony.
A MAX Donation is a specialized automated procedure based on your blood type and the current hospital need.

2014-Phoenix-Symphony-sponsorAll Phoenix Area Donors:
Hear the Sweet Sound of Saving Lives!
Donate blood Nov. 16 – 30 and you will receive a voucher for ONE ticket to a concert, courtesy of The Phoenix Symphony.

2010 FSO LogoAll Flagstaff Area Donors:
Hear the Sweet Sound of Saving Lives!
Donate blood Nov. 16 – 30 and you will receive a voucher for ONE ticket to the Jan. 23 FSO concert “Breaking Boundaries,” courtesy of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.

2014-WM-symphony-logoAll 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.

2014-STNY-LogoAll Prescott Area Donors:
Give Blood, Get Pizza!
All Prescott area donors who give blood between Nov. 16 and Dec. 31 will receive a voucher for a free 14” cheese pizza, donated by Streets of New York.

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®..

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.

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).