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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.”

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?”