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.

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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.

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The Community Blood Center Expands to South Side of Chicago

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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.

 

Digital Hub Connects Blood Transfusion Patients with Facts and Resources for Life-Saving Treatment Options

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Digital Hub Connects Blood Transfusion Patients with Facts and Resources for Life-Saving Treatment Options

WEST WARWICK, Rhode Island – (July 11, 2019) – Nearly 4.5 million Americans each year receive life-saving treatment using donated blood. To empower these patients and their families, Blood Centers of America has launched blood4me, an online resource that provides access to research, answers questions and offers support throughout the transfusion process. It is funded by the Commonwealth Transfusion Foundation.

“Transfusions play a vital role in saving lives, improving recovery time, providing hope and caring for patients across the U.S.,” said John Armitage, M.D., past chairman of BCA who has been a driving force behind the initiative. “Doctors rely on transfusions to treat both acute and chronic conditions — from disease to injury to surgery to chemotherapy. For these patients, transfusions can help make a meaningful difference in overall care and health outcomes.”

One patient diagnosed with aplastic anemia said his first blood transfusion brought feelings of fear as he came to terms with the realities of the disease. Without the right resources or information, this experience can be the norm. blood4me aims to guide patients through the process, helping ensure they’re in the best position to receive the care that best meets their unique needs.

“We often hear of confusion and misconceptions around blood transfusions,” Dr. Armitage said. “This is a new, accessible empowerment tool for patients and their loved ones which will help reduce anxiety and confusion and increase safety and satisfaction.”

Improved outcomes and experiences can make a lasting impact for patients. Each year, BCA members alone distribute an estimated 6.5 million total blood components.[1]

Bill Block, BCA President and CEO, noted that “Hope is in our blood. blood4me’s goal is to ensure patients have the opportunity to research, ask questions and participate in decisions about the care they receive. blood4me offers support to patients to help make each transfusion as smooth and effective as possible.”

blood4me is managed by the Foundation for Blood Centers of America and supported through a grant from the Commonwealth Transfusion Foundation. For more information, visit www.blood4me.com.

About Blood Centers of America

 

Blood Centers of America (BCA) is a member-owned organization comprised of over 50 independent blood centers throughout the North America, representing nearly 40% of the U.S. blood supply. Along with their core business of providing a substantial portion of U.S. blood supply, other BCA member services include patient blood management, transfusion services, immunohematology testing, therapeutic apheresis and tissue and cord blood banking. In addition, BCA members provide a variety of human blood products, cells and tissues to the therapeutic, diagnostic and cell therapy industries. Learn more at www.bca.coop.

[1] Based on 2017 data.

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 >>

FOUR NON-PROFIT BLOOD CENTERS ANNOUNCE the FORMATION of TESTING LABORATORIES UNITED, LLC.

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.

MaxQ Research Partners with Blood Centers of America to Provide Innovative Blood Transport Systems

STILLWATER (June 4th, 2019) – MaxQ Research LLC is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with Blood Centers of America (BCA) to provide MAXIFY™ technology and cost efficient blood transport packaging systems to its members. As a leader in advanced thermal insulation, lean and efficient pack-outs; MaxQ is revolutionizing the shipping and handling of blood products crucial to the BCA network. READ MORE

BLOOD CENTERS OF AMERICA PARTNERS WITH TOP ESPORTS ORGANIZATION, TEAM LIQUID

 

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BLOOD CENTERS OF AMERICA PARTNERS WITH TOP ESPORTS ORGANIZATION, TEAM LIQUID

West Warwick, RI – Blood Centers of America (BCA) announced today that with its members, they are partnering with Team Liquid, a multi-regional, professional esports organization, to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation and to encourage donations.

BCA is a national, member-owned network of over 50 independent blood centers – each that has a singular focus of providing high-quality blood products for patients in their communities. With less than 20% of blood donations coming from 20-34-year-olds, BCA is joining hands with Team Liquid in an effort to encourage more donations from these key generational demographics.

“Blood donations have never been more important, and everyone can play a part in making sure that people who need blood are able to get it,” said Bill Block, BCA president and CEO. “What we see is that over 45% of blood donations come from donors that are over 50, and the average age of donors is increasing each year. We need to engage younger generations in order to maintain an available blood supply.

Custom, limited Team Liquid t-shirts will be offered to everyone who donates blood in one of the branded buses or at a participating blood center location. These branded buses will travel to universities, Team Liquid events and other locations in order to increase awareness of the importance of blood donation.

“We’re proud to partner with Blood Centers of America and its members on this live-saving initiative,” says Steve Arhancet. “Our fans are such a supportive, tight-knit community, and now we’re calling on them to help us accomplish something bigger than what we could achieve in any competition. Collectively, we have the opportunity to make a measurable impact on communities as well as save lives.”

The need for blood is significant. Every two seconds an American needs blood. One whole pint of blood can save three or more lives. As the largest network of blood centers in the U.S., BCA members ensure donated blood reaches patients at hospitals and health systems nationwide.

“This is a unique opportunity for us to reach a crucial demographic of eligible blood donors in the U.S.,” explains Bill Block. “If everyone touched by this campaign signs up and shares the message with family and friends, we would see a major difference.”

This program has been funded through a generous grant from The Commonwealth Transfusion Foundation.

About Blood Centers of America

 

Blood Centers of America (BCA) is a member-owned organization comprised of over 50 independent blood centers throughout North America, representing nearly 40% of the U.S. blood supply. Along with their core business of providing a substantial portion of U.S. blood supply, other BCA member services include patient blood management, transfusion services, immunohematology testing, therapeutic apheresis and tissue and cord blood banking. In addition, BCA members provide a variety of human blood products, cells and tissues to the therapeutic, diagnostic and cell therapy industries. Learn more at www.bca.coop.

About Team Liquid

Team Liquid was founded in 2000 and has evolved into one of the leading international multigame esports teams with training centers in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Los Angeles, California. Team Liquid has over 65 athletes competing across 17 distinct games, including all major esports titles, such as DOTA 2, League of Legends, CS:GO, Fortnite, PUBG and more. Led by Co-CEOs Steve Arhancet and Victor Goossens, Team Liquid is one of the most successful esports teams in the Western market in terms of competitive achievement and fan engagement across multiple sports.  Their League of Legends franchise is undefeated in North America in 2018 and 2019, claiming LCS titles in back-to-back splits and a second place finish at the international tournament the Mid-Season Invitational, while their CS:GO team is currently ranked #1 in the world.  For more information: https://goo.gl/dSYvHT.

In addition to the premier esports team franchise, Liquid Enterprises operates various business units created to complement its esports athletic brand. This includes influencer management agency, Liquipedia, Liquid Media, and 1UP Studios, the full service production company known for its high-quality esports documentary style filmmaking, and creative commercial content.

 

Controlling interest in Team Liquid was recently purchased by esports ownership group, aXiomatic. aXiomatic leadership includes Co-Executive Chairmen Peter Guber, Ted Leonsis, Jeff Vinik and Bruce Karsh who together represent an unparalleled team of sports, technology, entertainment and investment industry titans.

 

About Commonwealth Transfusion Foundation

Commonwealth Transfusion Foundation is a freestanding private foundation dedicated to advancing the art and science of transfusion medicine with a mission of championing excellence in transfusion medicine. It is our hope that, through our mission, we build a stronger community of hospitals, health care providers, and patients.

BioBridge Global adds two industry leaders to Regenerative Medicine Advisory Board

San Antonio, Texas, May 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BioBridge Global has added two new members to its Regenerative Medicine Advisory Board, a group composed of industry leaders with a wide range of scientific, product development and business experience brought together to support the organization’s continued growth in regenerative medicine. READ MORE