Midland Community Encouraged to Donate Blood In Honor of Mary Helen Juengel

June 20, 2013

Midland, MI - The American Red Cross will hold a special blood and bone marrow drive to honor 13 year old Midland resident Mary Helen Juengel, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2011.


On October 23, 2011, Mary went to the emergency room for what was thought to be a reaction to an antibiotic.  Instead, she was given the news that she had cancer. Mary was rushed to Mott Children’s Hospital, where doctors discovered she had 77% cancer in her bone marrow.  Chemotherapy began that evening.


“Mary is a fighter,” said Kelly Remer, Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Region.  “With the help of her medical team and critical blood products, Mary has every intention of beating this aggressive form of cancer.”


All eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate blood Friday, June 28 from 10AM – 3:45PM at Brittany Manor Living and Rehab Center (3615 East Ashman Street, Midland).  In addition to giving blood, donors will also have the opportunity to sign up for the National Bone Marrow Registry. You must be between 18 and 44 years of age to join the marrow donor registry.  For more information, please visit BeTheMatch.org.


Blood donations typically slump during the summer when many donors are out of their day-to-day routines, and when student donors are on break. High school and college-age donors give up to 20 percent of the blood collected through the Red Cross.


Summer travel and activities can also result in accidents that require immediate and intensive medical care. A person with severe injuries from an auto accident may need from 40 to 100 units of blood.


To schedule an appointment, please visit  redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Brittany Manor or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).




How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit  redcrossblood.org 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. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.


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. 06/13AP256