How the Red Cross Manages America’s Blood Supply


by Gordon Williams

Pictures by Gordon Williams

The Red Cross relies on many skills in carrying out its mission:  disaster responders and first aid teachers, mass care workers and water safety instructors. But did you know that in fulfilling one critical element of its mission, the Red Cross  relies on trained medical technicians known as phlebologists? Continue reading


Hospital Patients Rely on Lifesaving Blood Every Day – But How Does it Get There?

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The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of our nation’s blood to hospitals where patients are in desperate need. Most of us are familiar with Red Cross blood drives, but the donation is just the beginning of the journey. Once it is tested and properly stored, we then have to deliver the donated blood, plasma or platelets to those who need it, when they need it. Our volunteer Biomedical Transportation Specialists provide this essential service. Continue reading

Coworkers Honor Cancer Patient by Helping to Save Lives  


EDITOR’S NOTE, Nov. 30, 2016: We at the Red Cross have learned of Heather’s recent passing. Our deepest condolences and hearts are with her family, friends, coworkers and the many others to whom she meant so much. To help honor her legacy, this story of the bond between Heather and her coworkers will remain on this regional blog.

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By Cassylee Mead 

Edited by Nancy Waddell

“I thought she had the flu,” said Bryan Smith, Heather Postyeni’s fiancé. They were approaching two years together when he took Heather to the doctor. It was May of 2016 when Heather was told she had leukemia, cancer that attacks blood and bone marrow.

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Enthusiasm for Blood Donations Spans Three Generations

By Kayla Ihrig, AmeriCorps member serving the American Red Cross NW Region


Despite never receiving a blood transfusion herself, a Montesano woman has coordinated thirty blood drives and counting.

“I’m not a hero, I just have mad organizational skills,” Jennie said. “It’s just so fun. It’s a small community and it’s my way of helping out.”

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