Blood supply improving slowly; more donors needed
The American Red Cross is encouraged by a boost in donations since the organization issued an emergency appeal for blood donors, however, additional donations are needed to ensure an adequate supply is available through the end of the summer.
“We are humbled by the generosity of the many blood donors in the Western Lake Erie Region who responded to our appeal, helping to save lives,” said Kathy Smith, Interim CEO of the Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region.
“The Red Cross is so appreciative for each and every selfless act of giving. Our blood donors truly do this out of the goodness of their hearts.”
Across the country, nearly 15,000 donations have been given above expectations since the Red Cross first issued its appeal, cutting the blood donation deficit by approximately 30 percent to date. To keep up the momentum, the organization encourages anyone who has not yet given blood this summer to schedule an appointment and bring two friends or family members along with them.
If at least three additional people give at each blood drive through the end of August – above what the Red Cross already expects to collect – there would be enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs through the end of the summer.
Donors of all blood types are needed, but eligible donors with blood type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or to obtain more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Those who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in
generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Kickin’ it for Kellen
“Turbo 4 A Cause - Kickin’ it for Kellen” will be held Aug. 11 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Brunner Campus (Old Brunner School) 1224 West St., Genoa.
Participation in the Turbo Kick event is free. Donations are being accepted, with 100 percent of the funds going to the Kellen Lucas Sharpe SIDS fund. Door prizes, raffle and 50/50 tickets will be sold the day of the event, with all proceeds sales also donated to the Kellen Lucas Sharpe SIDS fund.
The event was created in remembrance of baby Kellen Sharpe who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in May at the age of 8-1/2 months.
It is being planned to help bring awareness to the St. Jude’s Foundation and SIDS awareness.
For more information, call 419-509-4487.
Benefit car show set
Mathews Ford Oregon will present a Rally for the Cure Car Show Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dealership is located at 2811 Navarre Ave., Oregon. In the event of inclement weather, the show will be held Aug. 25.
Free registration is available for all makes and models. Cruisin' Zeake and his Oldies Machine will be on hand playing `50s and `60s classic rock. There will also be kids’ activities and 50/50 raffles and more.
Proceeds will benefit Rally for the Cure. For more information call 419-698-4444 or email
5th Tammy’s Walk set
The friends and family of Tammy Bowlin-Macrea invite the community to walk in her memory and to raise funds and awareness to stop domestic violence Aug. 25 at the Walbridge Park Gazebo, Broadway Street (across from the zoo) in Toledo.
Bowlin-Macrea was murdered by her boyfriend Aug. 25, 2007. “This was such a terrible tragedy for our family, but one that affects so many others,” said Robin Bowlin, Tammy’s sister. “According to the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center, in Lucas County alone, the Toledo Police Department receives over 300 domestic violence calls per month.”
Funds raised will benefit Advocates for Victims and Justice, Inc. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The 2.5-mile walk will step off at 9:30 a.m.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Robin at 419-508-6152.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, will host “Transitions,” a series of programs for social and education opportunities and group sharing for individuals with early stage memory loss and their friends and families.
Persons who are experiencing forgetfulness, mild confusion or difficulty finding the right words are most likely to benefit.
“Art Café,” on Wednesday, August 15, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Artist Jan Revill offers fine art options such as acrylic painting or watercolors. Participants can also choose to create a make-n-take. No art experience is required.
Thursday, August 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This program features educational or support meetings on a variety of topics.
Registration is requested. There is a $5 suggested program fee for all Toledo Transitions programs. Individuals will not be denied services for inability to pay. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 419-537-1999 or 800-272-3900.
HealthyChildren.org, the official American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website for parents, recently launched the inaugural issue of Healthy Children e-magazine.
The premier issue focuses on key back-to-school issues such as immunizations, annual physical exams and the importance of breakfast. In addition to providing parents with reliable, pediatrician-backed guidance, the 27-page digital magazine offers an interactive experience that includes multimedia content as well as engaging “quick-tip” pop-ups, and links to additional resources.
“Getting ready for a new school year can be as stressful for parents as it is for kids,” said Dr. Jennifer Shu, medical editor of HealthyChildren.org. “We hope that the premier issue of Healthy Children e-magazine will help ease families’ anxieties by arming parents with dependable, relevant content for back-to-school season and beyond.”
The free digital magazine is one of several features available in a new HealthyChildren app available for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. Users can download the free HealthyChildren app on the iTunes and Google Play stores. The digital magazine is also available as a PDF at HealthyChildren.org/e-magazine.
ProMedica joins alliance
ProMedica has entered into a collaborative business relationship with Cleveland Clinic as part of a national Innovation Alliance network to help commercialize medical innovations.
ProMedica joins the University of Notre Dame, MedStar Health and North Shore-LIJ as part of the collaborative network, which focuses on identifying and executing joint development and commercialization opportunities for medical innovations.
ProMedica will work directly with Cleveland Clinic Innovations’ comprehensive technology and commercialization services to bring new medical innovations to patients.
John Pigott, MD, Medical Director for ProMedica Innovations, will serve as chief liaison for ProMedica, working closely with Cleveland Clinic Innovations.
“Innovation is increasingly becoming a critical institutional priority for ProMedica, and we are looking for new ways to engage our physicians and employees in offering them a pathway to turn their ideas into products and services that meet the needs of our communities,” says Lee Hammerling, MD, Chief Medical Officer for ProMedica. “We are excited to be working with Cleveland Clinic, which has a strong history in technology and new venture development, and a proven track record in converting and commercializing medical expertise. “
An additional benefit of this Innovation Alliance is that through the efforts of innovation and collaboration, the technologies that are commercialized have the potential to create new companies and jobs for the State of Ohio, in addition to improving and extending the lives of patients.
“This partnership is another powerful step toward creating a medical corridor that will benefit Ohioans on so many positive levels,” said Mark D. Kvamme, President and Interim Chief Investment Officer for JobsOhio. “Together, Cleveland Clinic Innovations and ProMedica – and other similar, recent collaborations – are laying a foundation to not only better serve patients, but also attract innovative new companies and technologies that lead to more jobs in Ohio.”