Teens diagnosed with sickle cell disease meet blood donors helping them survive

Two teenagers surviving sickle cell disease met some of the people helping them do it through blood donation on Wednesday.

They go to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital every four weeks for blood transfusions.


The teens were able to get a better idea of where the blood they receive comes from, and the people who donate the blood now know more about the people they help.



The Community Blood Center Expands to South Side of Chicago



The Community Blood Center Expands to South Side of Chicago

The Community Blood Center announces partnership with

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Network


Appleton, Wis. (Aug. 1, 2019) – The Community Blood Center (CBC), a local non-profit organization supplying life-saving blood and platelets to hospitals in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (U.P.), announced today a partnership with Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network located in Chicago.


Gift of Hope has acquired a new community training center, located on the South Side of Chicago. As part of the development of this new location, CBC will open and operate a blood donation center within the community training center.


The expansion into Chicago creates a benefit for the local communities CBC already serves. By collecting blood and blood products in one of the most diverse cities in the nation, CBC will build capacities and increase competencies necessary to meet the healthcare needs and unique medical conditions of the growing diverse community. This advancement, including enhanced product-to-patient blood matching, will benefit all communities CBC serves, including Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and now Chicago.


The more closely someone is linked in their genes through a common ancestry, the more likely it is to find a blood transfusion match. Diversification of blood donors can help save the lives of those with sickle cell disease, for example, a disorder that requires frequent blood transfusions and impacts African Americans and Hispanics more than Caucasians. Therefore, the more blood donations collected from a diverse population, the more likely CBC will be equipped to provide the best care possible to patients with sickle cell disease.


“Both Gift of Hope and CBC are focused on the gift of life and how the selfless act of blood, platelet, bone marrow, organ and tissue donations can save the lives of those in our communities,” said John Hagins, CEO and President, The Community Blood Center. “The potential impact of this partnership for the Chicagoland area is exciting.”


The blood donation center in Chicago will be CBC’s fifth donation center in the Midwest. CBC will also collect blood through mobile blood drives in the Chicago community.


The Community Blood Center is expected to begin collecting blood in Chicago in 2020.


The Community Blood Center was established in 1955 and continues today as an independent nonprofit providing a safe and reliable blood supply to hospitals in Northeast Wisconsin, the Northwoods and upper Michigan. CBC has donor centers in Appleton, Oshkosh, Little Chute and Woodruff, and hosts over 100 blood drives every month. For more information on blood donation or hosting a blood drive, please visit communityblood.org or call 800-280-4102.


Local Blood Center Honors Military Members and Their Families

GREENVILLE, S.C. & RALEIGH, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As another patriotic holiday approaches, The Blood Connection (TBC) would like to recognize its generous blood donors for stepping up during Memorial Day Weekend. Because of those donors, TBC will be donating more than $7,000 to The Blood Center of America’s (BCA) Special Forces Wounded Warrior Fund. The organization helps families of U.S. Special Forces members deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq who have been wounded in the line of duty. READ MORE >>


Testing Laboratories United was formed to empower four non-profit blood centers to continue to provide the highest quality testing services to the communities and customers they serve. The four non-profit blood centers are: Central California Blood Center (Fresno, CA), Community Blood Center (Appleton, WI), Oklahoma Blood Institute (Oklahoma City, OK), and QualTex Laboratories (San Antonio, TX and Norcoss, GA). Company managers elected Kim van Antwerpen as President and Ward Carter as Secretary.

The community blood centers are gaining economies of scale with their combined testing volumes and taking advantage of efficiencies in processes and best practice sharing within a cohesive, cooperative venture. “It is our mission to continue local, optimal service to our hospital partners, their patients and our communities.” states Kim van Antwerpen. We are excited to partner with three other institutional leaders in our industry to achieve the highest levels of value from our joint testing operations”.

Testing Laboratories United is structured to assist with clinical trials and help bring cutting edge equipment and advanced donor screening assays to market. Multi-center operational deployment opportunities afford a more robust and sophisticated proving ground for product development and refinement. This enabling of innovation holds great promise for improving performance and streamlining operations in this crucial blood safety process.

Testing Laboratories United is also dedicated to keeping blood centers nimble in adapting to the explosion of new cell therapy, personalized medicine, and community health screening opportunities arising for blood centers. This proactive approach will give medical providers in their communities the best chance to be early adopters of new cures and treatments that are fast coming to market.

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Blood Provider Expands Service to 6 Additional OSF Hospitals

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Versiti Selected to Supply All Blood Products to Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

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ERYTECH Partners with New York Blood Center for Red Blood Cell Supply and Research

LYON, France and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ERYTECH Pharma (Euronext: ERYP – Nasdaq:ERYP),a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapies by encapsulating drug substances inside red blood cells, today announced a strategic partnership with New York Blood Center (NYBC) for red blood cell supply and research. Read More