Become a Red Cross VIP (Very Important Platelet) Donor

October 6, 2014

Enter for a chance to win a flat-screen Smart TV during October and November


LANSING, Mich., (Oct. 6, 2014) — The American Red Cross is encouraging first-time platelet donors to roll-up their sleeves during October and November.  Not only will they help save lives, they can also enter for a chance to win a new, flat-screen Smart television courtesy of Diplomat Pharmacy in Flint.


Everyone who comes to donate platelets at our Flint or Lansing Donor Centers between now and November 30th will receive one (1) entry into the flat-screen television drawing.  First-time platelet donors will receive two (2) entries the first time and one (1) additional entry for subsequent donations. 


“Platelets have a shelf-life of just 5 days, so they are used almost as soon as they are donated,” said Kathy Smith, Apheresis Director for the Great Lakes and Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Regions.  “We hope this wonderful partnership with Diplomat Pharmacy will help inspire new platelet donors and encourage current donors to get into the habit of regular donation.”


Platelets are cells in blood that help control bleeding by sticking together to form clots.  Platelets are frequently prescribed to help patients undergoing treatment for cancer, leukemia, and other serious diseases, as well as for babies in neonatal intensive care and burn victims.  Donors may give platelets every seven days or up to 24 times a year.


To schedule an appointment to donate platelets at our Lansing or Flint Donor Centers, call 1-866-725-2140.


How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.


About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.


About Diplomat

Diplomat serves patients and physicians in all 50 states as the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy. Headquartered in Flint, Michigan, the company focuses on medication management programs for people with complex chronic diseases, including oncology, immunology, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, HIV, specialized infusion therapy and many other serious or long-term conditions. Diplomat opened its doors in 1975 as a neighborhood pharmacy with one essential tenet: "Take good care of patients, and the rest falls into place." Today, that tradition continues – always focused on improving patient care and clinical adherence. For more information visit Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn and like us on Facebook