Special Blood Drive in Honor of Dwane Bassett

June 3, 2011


Bay City Community Encouraged to Give Blood


June 2, 2011 – The American Red Cross and Good Samaritan Rescue Mission of Bay City will hold a special blood drive Monday, June 27 to honor WWII Veteran and Bay City Resident Dwane Bassett for his dedication to improving the lives of others.

 Bassett has served as a volunteer for both the Saginaw City and Bay City Good Samaritan Rescue Mission for more than 10 years, helping to provide blankets, food and emergency shelter to those in need. In addition to his work with the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, Bassett and his wife of 53 years, Valerie, also participate in chapel services and help spread inspirational messages. 

 In March 2010, Dwane Bassett was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a cancer of the bone marrow which affects blood production.

  “I understand the need now more than ever,” Bassett said. “Life is in the blood.”

 Bassett is currently doing well and has not needed a blood transfusion since the beginning of the year. However, he has needed a total of 92 units of blood through the treatment he has received.

 "I've enjoyed working with him and his family on this event," said Kelly Remer, American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative. “We are hoping for another great turnout and with everyone's help last year we collected a total of 37 units of life saving products, which has the potential to impact as many as 111 lives!"

 All eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate blood from 1 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, at South Baptist Church, 800 Cass Avenue, to support and honor Dwane Bassett for his contributions to the Bay City community.