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The resources on these pages provide current information for media professionals to share with their audiences. We invite members of the press to use this information or to contact our communications staff for additional statistics, commentary on current issues, or to arrange interviews with staff experts.


Additional Resources

  • National Media Resources Center
    Visit the American Red Cross National Media Resource Center for the latest press releases and other information to help share stories about the Red Cross mission.

  • Blood Facts and Statistics
    Facts about blood, the donation process, blood components, testing, the need for blood and the American Red Cross Blood Services

  • History of Blood Transfusion
    A pictorial timeline highlighting significant moments in the history of transfusion from the 1600's to the present


Media Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Todd Kulman, External Communications Manager 
Great Lakes Blood Services Region
(517) 318-7447 (p) | (517) 896-4929 (c)




July 26, 2016
  LANSING, Mich. - While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is...
July 5, 2016
LANSING, Mich. — The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.  
June 7, 2016
  LANSING, Mich. — The American Red Cross is partnering with Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor to urge eligible blood and platelet donors to give this June in honor of World Blood Donor Day on June 14.  
May 25, 2016
  OWOSSO, Mich.—The American Red Cross and Young Chevrolet-Cadillac in Owosso are once again partnering to host the largest blood drive in Shiawassee County history. Eligible donors are encouraged to roll-up a sleeve and help save lives during the Tony Young Day of Giving.   The...
May 25, 2016
  FENNVILE, Mich. — The American Red Cross is proud to once again partner with the Heart Team and the community of Fennville to honor Fennville High School senior Wes Leonard. Leonard passed away unexpectedly in 2011 on the basketball court after making the game-winning shot to send the...
April 26, 2016
LANSING, Mich. — May is Trauma Awareness Month and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for trauma patients and others with serious medical needs.   Each year, trauma accounts for approximately 41...
March 24, 2016
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Show your ‘Bronco Pride’ by rolling up a sleeve and donating blood during the 2nd Annual “Bronco Blood Bash” at Western Michigan University.  The blood drive takes place Thursday, April 7 from 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. at the Bernhard Center on...
March 23, 2016
  LANSING, Mich.  — The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients.   Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency situations. While less than 7 percent of the...
March 14, 2016
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University are once again teaming up with the American Red Cross to help save lives.   The 2016 CMU-WMU Blood Battle runs March 21 through April 6 at various sites on the Mount Pleasant campus.  For more than...
March 14, 2016
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — In 2004, Brian Boyle’s life changed in an instant when his car was hit by a dump truck in Welcome, Maryland. The then 18-year-old lost 60 percent of his blood and was airlifted to a trauma hospital. During numerous operations, Brian received 36 blood transfusions, 13...