UW student nurses teach emergency preparedness, boost their skills


By Dale Steinke

Edited by Nancy Waddell

Nine students from the University of Washington School of Nursing spent this fall in their community health nursing clinical rotation helping Snohomish County kids and adults be more prepared for emergencies.

In the process, they built up critical knowledge they’ll need once they become nurses. Continue reading


What Drives Red Cross Volunteers to Help those in Need

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By Gordon Williams

Whether it’s aiding the victims of some far-off disaster or providing vital services to clients closer to home, the Red Cross relies on volunteers.

But what makes someone volunteer — giving their time and often more to help people who are likely total strangers? Volunteering at the Red Cross could mean driving just a few miles to a local office. But it could also mean flying thousands of miles to work under harsh conditions in an area wracked by storm or flood or wildfire. Continue reading

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.

Please direct any questions to colin.downey@redcross.org.

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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