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Jackie 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.”
At 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!”
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