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Your Community Blood Center Newsletter | Summer 2011

Dallas Armstrong Hundreds of blood donors helped save her life..................Pg. 2

IN THIS ISSUE: In Loving Memory of Lupe Cervantes...........................Pg. 5 Honoring Southern Colorado Supporters.................................. Pg. 11 Link Up Your Passion to Save Lives.............................. Pg. 14

Dallas Armstrong with husband William (Billy) Coon at a festival in Estes Park, Colo.

Plasma: Lifesaving Liquid Gold As many families gathered to celebrate the holiday season, Estes Park resident and Otis, Colo. native, Dallas Armstrong was fighting for her life. After several days of feeling ill and weak Dallas saw her doctor who diagnosed her with a rare blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, otherwise known as TTP. Treatment for this fairly uncommon and potentially deadly condition is aggressive so doctors quickly admitted Dallas to Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colo. on Dec. 17, 2010 – a hospital stay that extended nearly four months. TTP, which develops due to the absence or lack of certain protein activity in a patient’s blood, causes blood clots to form in the small blood vessels throughout the body and leads to a low platelet count. Physicians are using plasma exchanges to remove the abnormal antibody from the blood and replace the missing enzyme, a treatment which has significantly improved the outcome of this condition. Although Dallas is still unclear on the cause and details of her illness, she knows one thing for certain: hundreds of blood donors helped save her life. During her stay at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Dallas endured daily plasma exchanges receiving as many as 11 to 18 plasma units each day. Dallas estimates that between Dec. 17, 2010 and Jan. 31, 2011 she received approximately 30 gallons or 240 units of the liquid


gold. Dallas said she submitted to more exchanges in February and March as well as the occasional transfusion of red blood cells to assist her recovery. Family and friends across the Eastern Plains of Colorado, including residents of her hometown of Otis, rallied this winter and spring to help replenish the blood products Dallas used. Dallas believes her plight opened a lot of eyes to the constant need for blood donations of all types from whole blood to platelet to plasma donations. Your contributions to the community blood supply help patients like Dallas every day. Your blood type holds the key to supporting patients. For example, donors possessing AB blood are ideal candidates to help patients by giving plasma donations, while A+ and B+ donors are best suited to platelet and/or plasma donations. Similarly, Rh negative donors such as O-, A- and B- donors are most often recruited to give whole blood. Ask your phlebotomist what donation type best suits you at your next appointment. To help Bonfils keep our community blood supply at a stable level, please call 303.363.2300, 800.365.0006, opt. 2 or visit to schedule your appointment and learn more about automated donation and your preferred donation type. “People donating gave me my life,” Dallas said as she choked back tears. “I have a fouryear-old grandson and I’m not ready to leave him.”

WEIGHING IN: Do you weigh less than 115 lbs?

COMMON USES OF PLASMA AND PLASMA-DERIVATIVES COAGULATION Used in treatment of bleeding disorders, including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease. CRITICAL CARE PRODUCTS Used in critical care settings for treatment of shock and burns, during surgery and for fluid replacement therapy. WOUND HEALING Used in surgery and the treatment of wounds to facilitate healing. RESPIRATORY Used in the treatment of alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency (a genetic condition resulting in liver and lung failure). IMMUNOGLOBULINS Used in the treatment of immunological disorders, such as congenital and acquired primary immune deficiency as well as many diseases that strike healthy people due to some change in the body’s defense system.

Bonfils recently implemented changes to raise the whole blood weight requirement policy from a minimum of 110 lbs to 115 lbs. In order to align with industry standards and to better serve our healthcare partners and their patients, Bonfils is now using a larger blood collection bag during a whole blood donation. The new weight requirement is designed to support our commitment to protecting the safety and preventing adverse outcomes of our donors. This change does not affect automated donations, which we collect at our five fixed-site locations in Metro Denver.

Saving Lives Just Got Easier Do we have your email address? Sign up to create your online account and enjoy the enhanced features and convenience of viewing, scheduling, cancelling and rescheduling your appointments online, as well as managing your personal information and preferences. Visit to create your donor account today. You can also provide your email address at your next donation appointment so we can provide you important and timely Bonfils information. 3

Resolutions to Save Lives On April 7, 2011, state officials once again recognized Donate Life Month in April with a gubernatorial proclamation and annual blood drive at the Colorado State Capitol. Illustrating that blood donation is one of the easiest ways to give back to the community, nearly 40 state officials, workers and community members gave an hour of their time to save lives by giving blood. Donate Life Month is a time designated to raise awareness about the need for blood, marrow, organ and tissue donation and to celebrate those who have made the commitment to save lives. Day 4 Life, in partnership with CBS4, marked the culmination of the Donate Life Month celebration with a focus on patients suffering from blood cancers. On April 29, Bonfils Blood Center’s Colorado Marrow Donor Program (CMDP) and CBS4 held a special marrow and fundraising drive at select Metro Area Safeway locations to add potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry®.

“The state of Colorado recognizes the generosity of those who have saved lives by donating and appreciates their lifesaving contributions to the people of our state,” Governor John Hickenlooper stated in proclaiming April 2011 as Donate Life Month in Colorado.

As the potential marrow donor population ages and those over the age of 61 are removed from the registry, more donors are continually needed to help patients find an unrelated stem cell or marrow match. Ethnicity is also crucial when matching patients with donors. Since tissue type is inherited, patients from diverse ethnic backgrounds are less likely to find a matching donor. Adding more diverse members from the African-American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American communities increases the likelihood that more patients will find a lifesaving match.

Throughout April, CMDP also benefited from the generosity of The Copper Pot restaurant which selected CMDP to receive a donation equivalent to 10 percent of all food and wine sales every Monday. Funds will help offset the cost of adding new potential donors to the Be The Match Registry®.

The total cost to add a new member to the Be The Match Registry® is about $100. This includes the initial tissue typing test needed to match donors to searching patients and other related costs. A little support goes a long way. Each donor who is added to the registry increases the probability that a match for a patient can be found. Your contribution is necessary for more people to join in the future. Every gift helps make lifesaving transplants a reality for more patients. Thanks to community-minded people and organizations we are able to give hope to thousands of patients in need of lifesaving transplants.


In Loving Memory... In February, Bonfils Blood Center lost a dear friend and advocate, Lupe Cervantes, who succumbed to complications from his nearly four-year fight against lymphoma. Lupe had entered remission after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June 2008, but relapsed and was diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma in July 2009. Following his second diagnosis, friends and family of Lupe and his girlfriend, Georgia Silver, collaborated with Bonfils’ Colorado Marrow Donor Program to host marrow donor recruitment drives from Ft. Collins to Denver. Although Lupe was unable to find that lifesaving donor match, the hundreds of new potential donors who were added to the Be The Match Registry® in Lupe’s honor will give hope to the more than 10,000 patients diagnosed with blood-related diseases each year. Lupe’s story and spirit live on in all of those searching for a donor match. You can help those still searching by joining the Be The Match Registry® or making a financial contribution to Bonfils Blood Center Foundation to help cover the cost of adding more potential donors to the registry. Learn more about Lupe’s important message and honor his memory by sharing it with family and friends. Visit Bonfils’ YouTube Channel at and click on Lupe’s Battle Against Lymphoma video.

Lupe Cervantes with girlfriend, Georgia Silver 5


THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING BENEFACTORS IN-KIND DONATIONS AC Ice Company Amgen-Boulder/ Longmont Bear’s Car Wash Breckenridge Resorts Colorado Rockies Common Era Denver Botanic Gardens Girl Scout Troop 2095 Girl Scout Troop 52157 Great Lakes Airline Keystone Resorts KUSA - 9News My Brother’s Bar Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage REI Flagship Store Rocky Mountain Candy Factory Soda Creek Pizza

TRIBUTE and MEMORIAL GIFTS In Honor of AML Patients Mary Awalt Blood Drive Participants at St. Andrew United Methodist Church James B. and Beverly A. Warner

GIFTS OF $500 and GREATER INDIVIDUALS Timothy and Kathleen Bradley Thomas C. Burns The Burtchaell Family Joe and Beverly Chaffin Michele J. and Laurence Chang John M. Clikeman Dr. Toby P. and Paulene M. Cole Phyllis A. and Larry E. Eifler Lawrence R. and Deborah A. Ellis James A. and June E. Englehorn Dr. Ben and Mrs. Jean Galloway Henry Gordon Cecilia Grandinetti David and Judith Gurka

Norman W. Taylor Robert W. and M. Jean Thresher Mildred G. Urdahl Dr. Michael Wasser and Elysa Katz Gregory L. Weipert Brett Weyls

Elmer Vigil Marion Nesladek

BUSINESSES and ORGANIZATIONS The Boeing Company Colorado Brokerage Group, LLC Estate of Bertha J. Davidson Presbyterian/St. Lukes Medical Center HealthONE United Launch Alliance FOUNDATIONS and FUNDRAISING ASSOCIATIONS The Anschutz Foundation

Dean Laatt and Shauna Levinson Joseph Shaw

In Memory of George C. Baggs and Laura S. Baggs David L. Baggs

Jason Lansdown Nicola Lansdown

Paul Beattie John and Mary Beattie

Joanne “Pat” Holt Anonymous David and Kathryn Caffee Pat’s Co-workers Deborah Garrett David Jette Julie Maxwell Helen Scholfield John Seto

Roxie Rule Joseph and Jean Young

Mary Jo Blanchett Rebecca C. Samson and Hank H. Samson, III

Dave Inman Charles and Raylene Schultz

Mallory Funaro Beverly Funaro

Albert Matt Katherine Larkin Michael and Mary Nicklos Tano and Loretta Paolucci

Marty and Kelly Harrison Lois Harrison

Cash Lloyd Case The Case Family

Elizabeth M. Shannon Elizabeth A. Shannon

The Friedrich Family Stanley and Janaan Swann

Barb Stanley Joy Stern

Dr. Ben Galloway John M. Clikeman Robert A. and Joyce M. Nelson

James V. and Aarin W. Holmes Ronald D. Judkoff Dr. Richard P. and Lucretia V. Koeppe Scott A. Kuehn Dean Laatt Jessica Maitland and James Shaffer Barry and Cleta McCann Lena McKinney Raymond Mumford Roger J. and Dotty Nittler Nanine Odell and Victor Lazzaro Thomas C. and Judith D. Puckett Gina S. Ramirez Bob Roberts Antonio B. Ruiz Deborah Scherer L. William and Marilyn Schmidt Sharon Scott

John Tomich John E. and Grace R. Tomich Hailey Texierra Anonymous

Dan Gallivan Elizabeth A. Shannon Scott Gordon Patricia L. Scott Sydney P. Harrison, Jr. Lois Harrison

Richard Pino Genevieve Pino-Heline

The Colorado Trust Directed Contributions Program* Community First Foundation Community Health Charities of Colorado* Mabel Hughes Charitable Trust Mile High United Way* Poudre Valley Health System Foundation Silicon Valley Community Foundation The University of Wyoming Foundation *donor-directed grants SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES and ORGANIZATIONS Rocky Vista University, LLC Sanctuary Camp, Inc. University of Wyoming Arthur Regoli Staff of Bonfils Blood Center and Bonfils Blood Center Foundation Henri Senes Anonymous (2) Thomas Skokan Anonymous Mr. Jacob J. and Dr. Catherine K. Skokan Ted F. Tanin Phyllis L. Tanin Grace Thiesen Shane Ware Bob Tillquist Anonymous Brian Walker Shirley L. Walker Linda Young David L. Young

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Southern Colorado Supporters Honored for Lifesaving Work

On June 13, 2011 Bonfils Blood Center will honor more than 300 five-gallon and above donors, financial contributors, community and healthcare partners, marrow donors, Bonfils ambassadors, gold level blood drive host organizations and volunteers at its annual appreciation dinner in Pueblo. The accomplishments of these dedicated supporters has made our lifesaving work possible this past year. Southern Colorado Four special awards will be presented to those who have shown exceptional commitment to the mission of Honored for Bonfils BloodSupporters Center:

Lifesaving Work • Community Partner Award — • Outstanding Blood Drive Performance Award – Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo Park West Community Blood Drive, for their lifesaving partnership as both a blood drive host and longtime supporter of Bonfils’ Pueblo Community Donor Operations staff. We share a vision to improve the health of our community through partnership and collaboration.

• Volunteer of the Year Award —

Lt. Col. Tom Oetjen, retired, Fountain Ft. Carson High School, for supporting the ongoing success of the Fountain Ft. Carson community blood drive program.

Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP), for increasing blood drive growth, donor participation, volunteer and/or liaison support, creativity in promotion and overall performance of their blood drive program.

• Foundation Leadership Award —

Pueblo Community Donor Operations staff, for their contributions to Bonfils Blood Center Foundation. Their support financially and through blood donations demonstrates a commitment to our mission of saving and enhancing lives through transfusion medicine excellence.

BE THE ONE TO HELP KEEP US FROM RUNNING ON EMPTY This summer lay back, relax and fill the bag that’s fuel for life by giving blood. Blood donations often decline in the summer months, yet patients’ need for blood is constant during this time due to accidents, surgeries and medical treatments.

All donors who give blood

Sunday, June 19 - Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 will receive a Bonfils insulated tote bag.* Call 303.363.2300 or 800.365.0006, opt. 2 or visit to schedule your appointment online to give blood.

*while supplies last


THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY Thank you to the following Gold Level Blood Drive Hosts for achieving an average of 90 percent or above donor participation for blood drives. Alliance Data American Legion Longmont Augustana Lutheran Church Aurora Corporate Plaza Bennett High School Berthoud High School Boulder High School Brown Brothers Burlington Community Byers Community Knights of Columbus Castle View High School Celestial Seasonings Cesar E. Chavez National Blood Drive Challenge CH2M Hill Christ Community Covenant Church Christ the Servant Lutheran Church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Castle Rock Stake The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Denver Stake The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Englewood Stake The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Westminster North Church of the Holy Comforter CoBank Colorado Department of Revenue Colorado Departments of Personnel and Administration / Labor and Employment Colorado Mental Health Institute - Fort Logan

Colorado Sickle Cell Association Communication Workers of America/AT&T Congregation Har HaShem D’ Evelyn Junior Senior High School Dakota Ridge High School Default Servicing Solutions, LLC Dish Network Eads High School EKS&H Englewood High School First Data Corporation Gateway Christian Church Gateway High School GE Analytical Instruments, Inc. Gorham Sherlock Replenishment Drive Granite Tower ICAT Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy CSS Keystone Resort Kutak Rock Legacy High School Lockton Companies Middle Park High School Oracle - DTC The Outlets at Loveland Presbyterian and United Churches of Broomfield Rampart and Water Systems, Inc. Red Rocks Community College REI - Boulder RTD Sierra Nevada Corp. Skyline High School Smoky Hill Senior High School South Adams County Water and Sanitation Spirit of Christ Catholic Church Sports Authority Staples, Inc. Temple Emanuel Brotherhood

City of Boulder Public Safety Colorado Mountain College - Leadville Community Columbine Library Comcast Business Services - Fulton St. Thank you to the CSG Systems following Silver Level Deer Trail Community Blood Drive Hosts for Denver Center for achieving an average International Studies of 80 to 89 percent donor participation for The Denver Hospice Denver International blood drives. Airport Aerospace Data Facility Aims Community College Denver Public Library Bear Valley Branch Allied Insurance Denver Zoo AmeriCorps - NCCC E-470 Public Highway Arapahoe County Authority Administration Eaglecrest High School Archstone Einstein Noah Arickaree Community Corporation Dallas Armstrong Replenishment Drive - Elizabeth High School Emergency Medical Otis Community Services Corporation Arrow Electronics Evergreen High School Arrupe Jesuit High Faith Community School Church - Littleton Arvada Elks & American FHWA Legion ATBS Business Services Fort Morgan Young Farmers Avaya Communications Fountain Ft. Carson High Westminster School Ave Maria Catholic Front Range Community Church College - Longmont Backcountry Brewery Golden Library Breckenridge Ski Patrol Golder Associates, Inc. Brighton Community Greenwood Village Recreation Center City Hall Brighton Health & Highlands Ranch Wellness Fair Association at Broomfield Community Eastridge Church Highlands Ranch High Broomfield United School Methodist Church HUB International Callahan Capital Insurance Services Partners Hunter Douglas CAMP-MSCD IBM Cañon City Community The Inverness Hotel and Cherry Creek High Conference Center School Kinder Morgan The Church of Jesus Kremmling Community Christ of Latter-day Cedar Ridge 4H Club Saints - Littleton Stake Thunder Ridge High School University of Colorado Evans Scholar House University of Colorado School of Law

Because life happens. Blood’s journey from donor to patient.


Lafayette Community Oatmeal Festival Lewan & Associates Lifepics Lockheed Martin - Orion Lockheed Martin Waterton Logan County Department of Social Services Longmont High School Means-Knaus Partners Messner & Reeves, LLC Metro Wastewater Metropoint I MillerCoors Money Gram International National Park Service National Park Service Lakewood New Hope Presbyterian Church Pinnacle Charter School ProLogis Public Service Credit Union Pueblo West High School Quest Diagnostics Qwest Pioneers Rock Canyon High School Rocky Mountain Christian Church Roosevelt High School Southern Gables Church Spectra Logic St. Anthony North/ Centura Health St. Louis Parish St. Michael the Archangel St. Thomas More Parish Center Stolle Machinery Sun Harley Davidson/ Buell Sunflower Farmers Market Swedish Medical Center Ken Switzer Replenishment Drive Temple Sinai Ten West - Westmoor Technology Park

Thanks to the following companies and organizations for being an important part of our lifesaving mission. Collectively, their blood drives (December 2010 - March 2011) generated nearly 50,000 units of donated blood for our community blood supply. Their generosity and support is appreciated by hundreds of patients every day. Bonfils Blood Center regularly uses 97 percent of donated blood. When you give blood you can be assured it’s needed and used efficiently. Thompson Valley High School Thorn Creek Church Trane Company Transwestern Regency Plaza Tricare Management Activity Tri-State Generation & Transmission tw telecom - Quebec U.S. Environmental Protection Agency UMB Bank University of Colorado Farrand Hall University of Colorado Kittredge Residence Hall West Vail Board of Realtors Walmart - Broomfield Warren Tech West Bowles Community Church Western Area Power Administration XILINX Yampa Valley Medical Center Thank you to the following Bronze Level Blood Drive Hosts for achieving an average of 70 to 79 percent donor participation for blood drives. 11th and Court 4600 South Syracuse Building Adams State College Akron Community Alamosa Community All Saints Lutheran Church Anadarko Petroleum Armstrong Financial Services Arvada Community Avista Hospital Beverage Distributors B’Nai Chaim Temple Broadridge/ServiceLink Buena Vista Community CableLabs

Calvary Church Longmont Carbon Valley Community American Legion Centennial High School Cherry Creek North Christ Lutheran Church Christian Living Communities - The Johnson Center Church of the Risen Christ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Lakewood Stake Church Ranch Office Park City of Arvada City of Aurora Central Library City of Longmont City of Louisville Senior Services Clear Creek High School Community Colorado Access Colorado Department of Human Services Colorado Department of Law Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo Colorado Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office Colorado PERA Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility Columbine Unity Church Comcast - Dry Creek Craig Community Craig Hospital Crow Hill and Elk Creek Community Drive Denver Museum of Nature and Science DigitalGlobe DIRECTV - Englewood Downtown Denver Community

Eastern Hills Community Church Electronic Solutions, Inc. Evergreen Library Family in Christ Community Church Flagler Community Fort Lupton High School Fourway Baptist Church Fremont Correctional Facility Front Range Christian School Green Mountain High School Haxtun Community Heritage Eagle Bend Community Holyoke Community Home Depot - Thornton Hunters Glen Elementary School IMA of Colorado, Inc. and Davis Graham & Stubbs Immaculate Conception Church Immaculate Heart of Mary ING JACKSON Tara Jamison Replenishment Drive Jefferson County Public Schools - Maintenance Department Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Jefferson Unitarian Church Johnson & Wales University Kaiser Legacy Kaiser Permanente Rock Creek Kaiser Permanente Westminster Keymark Enterprises Kiwanis of Columbine KPMG Las Animas Community Leprino Foods LifeBridge Christian Church

On April 27, Bonfils Blood Center Foundation hosted nearly 200 guests at the Denver Botanic Gardens at the 4th annual Because Life Happens Fundraising Breakfast. The breakfast helped raise nearly $80,000 to support the blood center’s programs and services. We value the financial support of new and existing benefactors who understand it takes more than blood to save a life. Their financial gifts will help treat sickle cell and other

Littleton United Methodist Church Lockheed Martin Boulder Lockheed Martin - Deer Creek Longmont United Hospital Loveland Community sponsored by Philo Loveland Police Department Martin/Martin McGuckin Hardware MDC Holdings Means Knaus Partners, LP Micro Motion Mile Hi Church Moffat County High School Monte Vista Community Montview Presbyterian Church - Park Hill Community National Business Center National Jewish Health North Suburban Medical Center Northglenn Christian Church Oracle Overland High School Parkview Medical Center Paychex Pearl Street Community Peterson Air Force Base Philip S. Miller Library Prime West Ptarmigan - Cherry Creek Pueblo County High School Pulte Mortgage Qwest Communications International Raytheon Company Raytheon Polar Services REI - Denver Flagship Store Rejoice Lutheran Church of Erie Return Path Ross-University Hills Library

Smoky Hill Library Sounds True South High School Sprint Nextel - Park Meadows SquareTwo Financial St. Andrew Methodist Church St. Anthony Central Hospital Sterling Correctional Facility Stratton Community Sundyne Corporation Tommy Taylor Replenishment Drive TeleTech Thomson Reuters Town of Parker - Town Hall Transwestern - 17th Ave. Transwestern Broadreach 1999, LLC Travelport Trinidad Community tw telecom Twin Peaks Mall U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services University of Colorado Denver - Auraria University of Denver URS Corporation Veterans Affairs Health Administration Center Walmart - 4th & Wadsworth Walmart - Loveland South Western State College Western Union Westminster High School Westminster Parole Office Westwoods Community Church Wet Mountain Rotary of Westcliffe Wheat Ridge High School Whole Foods Washington Park Xcel Energy - Pawnee Power Plant ZACHRY Engineering Corporation

recipients with unique transfusion needs, purchase testing equipment for Bonfils’ Reference Laboratory, give hope to someone with a blood cancer, like leukemia, and much more. There are many ways to be a part of Bonfils Blood Center’s lifesaving mission. For more information please visit, email or call 303.739.4000. 13

AUGUST 1, 2011

Join us for the 8th annual Chip in for Life golf benefit at Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village. Link up your passion for golf and your support for patients by becoming a 2011 Chip in for Life tournament sponsor, golfer or volunteer. Last year’s tournament raised nearly $75,000. All proceeds will support the blood center’s programs such as blood supply and patient safety, mobile blood drives, the Colorado Marrow Donor Program, community outreach, job training and research. Contact or call 303.739.4000 for details.




at Bonfils’ Lowry Community Donor Center


Bonfils will begin piloting an electronic donation record to replace the current paper donor at Bonfils’ questionnaire. The new system Lowry Community will make the questionnaire and Donor Center health history process automated in order to prevent missing Bonfilsand will begin piloting electronic donation information ensure accuracy. The an electronic donor record will feature the same questions as the paper donor record but questions will donor be gender specific. record to replace the current paper

questionnaire. newthe system will make the Bonfils is committed to The protecting personal information of our donors. Donor questionnaire andahealth history information will be entered using touch screen tabletprocess and all data will be stored in our central network and will remain completely secure. missing automated in order to prevent

information ensurebeaccuracy. The automated questionnaire and will eventually used at all Bonfils donor centers and blood drives. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bonfils’ Customer Care Please ask a Bonfils staff member if you would department at 303.363.2200. 14

like more information. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to

An Open Letter to the Colorado Community Bonfils’ annual Letter to the Community published in the Sunday, March 27 edition of The Denver Post showcases our role in Colorado’s healthcare community and our service to our constituents – donors, patients, healthcare partners and the community-at-large while thanking our supporters for their commitment to saving and enhancing lives. Visit and search for “Letter to the Community” to learn more about how your continued support will ensure we maintain our role as a viable and valuable resource for the Colorado community.

World Blood Donor Day “Celebrate the gift of blood” JUNE 14, 2011

World Blood Donor Day is a day dedicated to thanking and celebrating voluntary blood donors. This date is also marked by the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the creator of the ABO blood group system, for which he won the Nobel Prize. One of the main goals of the World Blood Donor Day is to encourage community members to give blood helping to ensure the availability of safe blood for transfusion.



JUNE 17, 18 AND 19 FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11AM-11PM SUNDAY 11AM-8PM The Greek Festival is excited to once again OPA! partner with Bonfils to help support the community blood supply and patients in need. This marks

the fourth consecutive year of hosting a three-day blood drive during the event. Satisfy your appetite with a taste of Greece then stop by Bonfils’ onsite mobile bus to give blood and save lives. Visit to learn more about the blood drives and the festival.

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If you want to show your Bonfils pride, send a picture of yourself with your Bonfils t-shirt, hat, lapel pin or other Bonfils item along with your name, picture description and contact information to or to: 717 Yosemite Street, Denver, CO 80230 Attn: Brooke Benham You may appear in a future Heartbeat newsletter or on Bonfils’ Facebook Fan Page.


DENVER – LOWRY 717 Yosemite St. Mon – Sat, 7am - 7pm DENVER WEST 13952 Denver West Pkwy. Building 53, Suite 335 Mon – Sat, 7am - 7pm


PARKER Bus Location 11101 S. Parker Rd. Every other Friday Check for exact dates and times.


BOULDER 3113 28th St. Tue & Thurs, 10am - 8pm Wed & Fri, 8am - 6pm Sat, 8am - 4pm



PUEBLO PARK WEST Bus Location 3676 Parker Blvd. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday 11 am - 7 pm STERLING 106 South 2nd St. Thurs, noon - 6pm

DOWNTOWN DENVER Bus Location Corner of 16th and Curtis Every other Tuesday Check for exact dates and times.

WESTMINSTER Park Technology Center 960 W. 124th St. Mon – Wed, 7am - 7pm Thurs - closed Fri - Sun, 7am - 7pm

Highlands Ranch Parkway Center, Building 2 541 W. Highlands Ranch Pkwy. Mon – Sat, 7am - 7pm

Info Line: 303.366.2000 or 800.365.0006 Appointment Line: 303.363.2300 or 800.365.0006, opt. 2. We are closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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