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SUMMER 2009 Heartbeat Your Community Blood Center Newsletter INSIDE pe ho support spirit sel f le ss Leukemia Survivor Meets His Match • Donor Trio Saves 3,600 Lives • Ironman For Life ion ass p com ts patien huma nity he lp r give blood. it’s already inside you. ee lun t vo Joining Governor Ritter for the bill signing were State Representatives Sara Gagliardi (D-Arvada) and Spencer Swalm (R-Centennial) who initiated the bill and carried it through the House; Senator Betty MC_994_HeartbeatSummer09.indd 1 ess Approximately 10 percent of the nation’s blood supply is donated by high school-aged donors. Those states that have passed similar legislation have experienced up to a 35 percent increase in high school blood drive participation. Bonfils estimates that 16-year-olds will contribute as many as 2,600 blood donations to the state’s blood supply annually, when the blood center begins collecting donations from the group this fall. dn On March 19, Governor Bill Ritter signed legislation making Colorado the 29th state to allow 16-year-olds to donate blood with parental consent. kin Sixteen-Year-Olds Soon Eligible to Give Blood re sha donate imp life act Now, more than ever, people are looking for ways to make a meaningful impact in their community. You can do your part by giving what’s already inside you. Giving blood is one of the easiest ways you can volunteer and give back to your community. Wherever your summer plans take you, be sure to take a little time to help patients – today’s and tomorrow’s – in need. Blood donations can decline in the summer, yet the need for blood is constant during this time due to accidents, surgeries and medical treatments. In appreciation of your life-saving gift, all donors who give blood between June 28 and Aug. 31, 2009, will receive a Bonfils eco-friendly reusable water bottle. Call Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303.363.2300 or 800.365.0006, opt. 2 or visit to schedule your appointment to give blood. Boyd (D-Lakewood); Bonfils Blood Center staff; and high school students Mallory Hicks of Denver Lutheran High School and Connor Randall of Ralston Valley High School. Hicks, the blood drive coordinator at her school, and Randall, a blood and two-time heart transplant recipient, testified on behalf of the bill to the House Health and Human Services Committee in January. “We are grateful for the support we received from members of the Colorado Legislature on this important initiative,” said Thomas C. Puckett, Bonfils Blood Center’s president and CEO. “Youth donors are an important part of our blood donation program. This new legislation gives us the opportunity to foster the development of a selfless habit that will contribute to a solid blood donor base for our future.” Left to right: Bonfils Blood Center President and CEO Thomas C. Puckett, students Mallory Hicks and Connor Randall, State Representatives Spencer Swalm and Sara Gagliardi, Senator Betty Boyd and Governor Bill Ritter. 4/27/09 5:15:32 PM

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