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
On April 26th the American Red Cross will hold our third annual Giving Day, a 24-hour event that helps raise awareness, recruit volunteers, support blood collection and fundraising goals. Continue reading
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.
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.”
Hassan Khan, has lived in the United States for 15 years and is an active member in the Muslims for Life Campaign. “I don’t want to be a silent spectator. I want to play my role and help people. I want to save lives, we can do that with our own blood.”