Lane Blood Center considering affiliation

LANE BLOOD CENTER AND PUGET SOUND BLOOD CENTER PROPOSE AFFILIATION Operating efficiencies support quality and cost effective patient care in Lane and Douglas Counties Lane Blood Center (LBC) and Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) are in discussions to potentially affiliate later this year. The move would align the two organizations under a common strategy to…

2013 Annual Appreciation Dinner

Thank you. That was the message at Lane Blood Center’s Annual Appreciation Dinner, held Oct. 17 at Lane Community College. Thank you for your donations. Thank you for your volunteer time. Thank you for your dedication, your community service, your caring and compassion. “We’re here to express our gratitude to every blood donor, whether you’ve…

A birthday to remember

Maya Mali knew exactly how she wanted to celebrate her 16th birthday: Giving blood with 16 of her friends and family members. “I’ve really wanted to give blood for a long time,” Maya said. “It’s an easy way to help others.” A family tradition Helping others is part of the Mali family tradition. The girls…

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

We had a blast at the 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, on Sunday, Oct. 6, a Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Cathy’s Crickets walked the race in honor of Lane Blood nurse Cathy Emerson, who passed away from cancer several years ago. The Bloodmobile was on site from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and race…

Blood Collectors Week

During the week of Sept. 8-14, Lane Blood Center joins other blood centers across the country in celebrating the ninth annual Blood Collectors Week. The celebration recognizes the critical role blood collectors play in helping ensure blood is available to patients in need. People like Bonny Thomas, a registered nurse with 31 years of nursing…

In Your Words: Best Part of Donating?

What’s the best thing about giving blood? We recently asked our Facebook friends that question. We learned a lot about you from your responses, and we liked what we saw. Here’s what you said: The lifesavers: “The feeling you get when you know you can help save someone’s life with part of your own.” Teresa…

Guest Post: Heeding the call

By Dave Horton Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our lives, our jobs and getting things done that it takes a cry for help to bring us back to our senses. I received that cry a few weekends ago. My wife and I had just returned from a night on the town when the…

SUCCESS STORIES: Ysemia Ochoa

For Ysemia Ochoa and her 17-year-old daughter Marikssa Zambrono of Cottage Grove, donating blood is a family affair. Ysemia received a life-saving blood transfusion at age 16 when she was hospitalized with acute petechiae caused by low blood platelet count. She knew something was wrong when she broke out in a full-body rash and began…

Success Stories: Max Haggerty

Max Haggerty was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that causes serious complications with the lungs. Many who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis have severe breathing problems and often symptoms become so severe a lung transplant is needed. In Max’s case the lung transplant was necessary at 22 years old. But the Cystic Fibrosis also caused…