American Red Cross encourages people to donate blood to help liver transplant patients

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October is Liver Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross is encouraging people to focus on liver health.

Liver transplants are the second most frequent type of organ transplant. According to the American Liver Foundation, there are more than 6,000 liver transplants performed annually in the United States.

When disease necessitates a liver transplant, patients typically require multiple transfusions during surgery. You can help them by committing to being a regular blood donor. To make an appointment to donate blood or to learn more about the blood donation process, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS.

To help prevent liver disease, the American Liver Foundation recommends limiting alcohol intake, managing medications appropriately, maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and refraining from smoking.

For more information, we would like to encourage you to visit liverfoundation.org.

 

Evans Lucas shares his Red Cross story

Evans Lucas has been volunteering with the American Red Cross for nine years. During his journey with the Red Cross, he said he has been able to help so many people during their time of need.

He added that you never know how much help is needed until you are out assisting in your community. And he said there is no feeling greater than knowing you can help someone else remain hopeful during a difficult time.

“It is really a great feeling to know you are able to help others,” Lucas said. “Once you start helping, you realize how much of a difference you can make in one person’s life and you also realize how essential the assistance is that the Red Cross provides to residents who have lost nearly everything they own in a fire.”

He said anyone who has time to spare should consider volunteering with the Red Cross because you will get so much out of the experience and you will walk away knowing you made a huge difference in your community by just being there when help was needed.

Lucas added that volunteering with the Red Cross might even encourage more people to get involved in helping their communities. Lucas said, “People will see you making a difference in the community and they will want to find out more about how they can help.”

We hope this story inspires you to start your Red Cross journey soon if you have not already. And we would like to encourage you to give us a call at 313-576-4185 to learn about the many different volunteer positions that we have available.

Give blood to honor our heroes at the 13th Annual Palace of Auburn Hills Blood Drive

13th Annual Palace Blood DriveYou can honor our heroes by giving blood at the 13th Annual Palace of Auburn Hills Blood Drive!

The American Red Cross will be at the Palace from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

Come to donate blood and you will receive a Detroit Pistons pre-season ticket voucher (while supplies last). In addition, you will be able to enter to win a golf trip – which includes travel for two on the Detroit Pistons private team plan and 18 holes of golf at Treetops Golf Club in Gaylord, Michigan – plus there will be chances to win sports memorabilia!

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: palace to make an appointment.

You will need to bring a blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification with you to present at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (or 16 years of age and have parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be able to donate blood. 

We are happy to announce we will be at the Selfridge Air Show!

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Are you in search of something fun to do this weekend?

If so, you could always check out the Selfridge Air Show on Saturday, September 6 or Sunday, September 7.

The air show will be going on from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

And we would love for you to stop by our tables at the air show to learn more about Team Firestoppers or hands-only CPR. However, you are also welcome to stop by to just say a friendly hello!

In addition, we will also be providing information to veterans to help assist them with their needs.

We hope you will stop by to see us, and we hope everyone has a great weekend!

Susan Morgan shares her Red Cross story

 

Susan Morgan began her journey with the American Red Cross after she retired because she wanted to spend her time in a meaningful way.

“I wanted to do something that would allow me to give back to others,” Morgan said. “And I know that spending my time to help make a difference in someone else’s life is a more meaningful use of my time than anything else.”

Morgan added that her volunteer experience with the American Red Cross has given her the opportunity to assist in many ways. She is a co-leader of a disaster action team in Wayne County, Macomb County and Oakland County.  However, she has also had the chance to go out on national assignments, provide instruction on disaster services and psychological first aid, and assist with fundraising and special events.

In addition, Morgan said it is rewarding to know you can help a family remain hopeful after losing everything in a fire.

She said she remembers one family talking about how everything was coming together before a fire occurred. “The family felt they lost everything,” Morgan said. “But I was able to help move the family toward recovery by reminding them that they will be able to get over this bump and get back to the way things were before.”

We would like to say a BIG thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who assist families affected by fires in the morning, afternoon and night! It is because of their time and dedication to helping those in their communities that we are able to provide assistance to those in need at all hours of the day.

Lastly, we hope you will join us soon to start your Red Cross journey!

Are you ready for the Ride for the Red?

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On Sunday, August 10, motorcycle enthusiasts from Southeast Michigan will take off for a fun ride through Oakland County to support a good cause. This year, all proceeds from the Ride for the Red will go toward helping the American Red Cross assist military families.

ABC Harley-Davidson of Waterford Office Manager Tamara Tressler said riders can expect a different ride experience at this year’s Ride for the Red.

Tressler said, “This year’s ride is unique because riders will be able to take their time and enjoy the route at their own pace since the ride is an observation run.”

The Ride for the Red will begin at ABC Harley-Davidson, which is located at 4405 Highland Road in Waterford Township. And the ride will end at Bullfrog’s Sports Bar and Grill, which is located at 2225 S. Ortonville Rd in Ortonville.

Motorcycle riders can register from 11 a.m. until noon at ABC Harley-Davidson in Waterford on the day of the ride. And all riders need to be at Bullfrog’s Sports Bar and Grill before 3 p.m.

This event is open to all motorcycle riders and the general public. The cost is $10 per rider and each rider will receive a ride pin. And the first place rider will be awarded with a $250 gift card.

We hope you will join us for this fun event!

Red Cross representatives share how the Service to the Armed Forces program is making a difference in veterans lives’ through the generosity of the MGM Resorts International grant and the Boots to Business initiative

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On Thursday, July 24, 2014 and Friday July 25, 2014, we had the pleasure of meeting with Boots to Business representatives from all across the country to learn more about how the Boots to Business program is able to help veterans transition from military to civilian life.

Suzanne Burke, Services to the Armed Forces Director, American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter, said the program is close to her heart since she was once in the same position of having to transition to civilian life after serving in the military.

“As a former veteran, I understand how challenging it can be to translate military skills to employers,” Burke said. “And I also know how hard it can be to transition once you get back home because you miss the people who have been through it all with you.”

She said that is why the Boots to Business program is really able to make a difference. “It is easier to assist someone when you can understand where that person is coming from,” she said. “And the support system that Boots to Business provides also makes it easier for veterans to cope after they have been away from home for so long.”

She added that the program is different from other services available for veterans because it offers reconnection workshops. These workshops help veterans form positive reconnections with their loves ones, which helps lead to success in their work lives.

Michael Ryan, Veteran Employment Manager, American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter, said, “Boots to Business helps veterans obtain the opportunities that they have been seeking by giving them the confidence to excel during their interviews with hiring managers.”

“There is no way we can repay veterans for all that they do for us,” Burke said. “But this program is a way to give something back to them to show how much we appreciate the sacrifices that they have to make to defend our country.”

“The Boots to Business program has greatly enhanced the Services to the Armed Forces program for the Southeastern Michigan Region,” Eleanor Ivey, Services to the Armed Forces Director, American Red Cross, Southeastern Michigan Region, said. “To date, 26 veterans have been hired through the program.”

We would like to end this blog post by saying congratulations to AnneRenee Parks for being awarded with the “Traveling Trophy” award for her accomplishments with the Boots to Business program. We are extremely proud of her, and we are happy to see the Boots to Business program continue to be successful in placing veterans with jobs.

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“The ‘Traveling Trophy’ award means a lot to me because it shows that the program has been successful in all locations,” AnneRenee Parks said. “And it is great to see how the Detroit location has been able to thrive and open so many doors for veterans who went through a hard time finding a job before the program.”

Parks added that her favorite story is how one veteran was promoted after six months of being in an entry level position with MGM Grand.

“It’s great to see how veterans are able to excel in their everyday lives by the end of the program,” Parks said. “And it is also great to see what a difference the program has been able to make by reminding veterans how their skills can be utilized in leadership positions.”

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