Great Lakes Region Held First Platelet Health Fair

January 25, 2010

First-Time Fair to Educate Public on Platelet Donation Process
January 6, 2010 – Lansing, MI – The American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region will hold its first-ever platelet health fair Thursday, January 7 in the Lansing Donor Center, 1729 E. Saginaw
The event was designed to inform the public on the need for platelets and the donation process. The American Cancer Society, Sparrow Health System, Gift of Life Michigan and Be the Match National Marrow Donor Program will be represented and will explain the impact platelet donation has on their programs.   In addition, platelet and whole blood donor, Cammie Krueger, will share her heartfelt story of why she is a regular donor. 
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will begin with a welcoming ceremony. It is free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Free breakfast and lunch items will be provided. 
During a platelet donation, blood is collected by a cell-separating machine, which removes platelets and returns the rest of the blood components to the donor’s body. Platelets are essential in the treatment of cancer patients and people with certain blood diseases.
An ideal platelet donor is at least 18 years old, weighs 150 pounds and is in general good health. In addition, donors must not have donated whole blood in the last three days or platelets in the last seven days. 
All volunteer donors must pass a mini-physical and health history evaluation prior to donating. Donors will be asked questions to help determine if they have medical or lifestyle circumstances that would create a health risk either for the donor or the patient who receives the platelets.
A donor can give platelets every seven days, up to 24 times a year. Donors are encouraged to give platelets once a month.
For more information about platelet donation or to schedule an appointment, donors should call 1-866-725-2140.