Blood Bank of Alaska would like to thank the scouts for their support this month. Troop 209 encouraged their members to donate in honor of a fellow scout, who was diagnosed with leukemia in December. Many scouts came into the center at 4000 Laurel Street to support not only Ean, but the many other Alaska patients in need this summer. Treatment for cancer patients can include both whole blood and platelet donations. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 222-5630 or going to our appointment section on the web.
Last week while visiting YKHC in Bethel, Bob Scanlon, CEO, Blood Bank of Alaska had the opportunity to learn of the importance of YKHC in providing services in the Alaska Delta. Mr. Peltola was kind enough to invite Bob Scanlon to Toksook Bay SRC, and discuss current and future relations between both organizations. Mr. Scanlon also participated in extensive discussions with the YKHC Emergency Preparedness Team, including strategies to participate in current and future emergency planning, communications, drills, and studying After Action Reports (AAR). Left to Right: Mr. Nabil Daoud, YKHC Materials Management Manager and BBA Board Member, Mr. Gene Peltola, President and CEO of YKHC (Hospital) in Bethel, Bob Scanlon, CEO, BBA.
When an Alaskan AB patient was in need last week, our blood donors responded with tremendous support. Thank you to all of those who scheduled appointments. You have once again shown what a strong community we have here in Alaska. Please continue to schedule regular donation appointments to keep the blood supply stable. Call 222-5630 or go online.
The tragedy in Boston touched all of the country. Some of our friends and neighbors were running in the race and visiting Boston for the event. When the explosions occurred, the area medical centers needed blood to treat the victims. The type of injuries that were sustained involved a great deal of loss of blood and the need for surgery in many cases. O Negative blood was used to fulfill the immediate need. While all blood types are important, O Negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to 100% of the population. Regular donation is what keeps the blood supply stable. Call 222-5630 to schedule your next appointment.
Roger Brown, is a loyal donor with BBA in Fairbanks. BBA sponsored Roger in the Iron Dog Race this year. Tragedy struck Roger and his family this weekend. His son fell down a crevasse during the Arctic Man, Shjon was nine years old. Our deepest sympathies are with his family today. You can make donations to the family via the Shjon Brown Memorial Fund at fundrazr.com.
Joe Hegna is a dedicated blood donor. Recently, he made his 100th donation at our Laurel Street location. In order to donate blood 100 times, it means donating every 56 days for over 15 years, a true commitment to blood donation. Each donation can potentially save up to three lives. In Joe's case he potentially has saved 300 lives in Alaska. Thank you for the gift you have provided to our community.
The Blood Bank of Alaska has embarked on a capital campaign to raise approximately $50 million in funds for a new and consolidated operating facility. A site at the corner of Airport Heights and Debar Road has been purchased, and some site preparation work has been performed. A new and enlarged facility will allow the Blood Bank of Alaska to expand its product and laboratory service offerings to the medical community, and better serve the residents of Alaska.