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Community Donor Centers Did you know high school students are a very important part of Bonfils’ volunteer donor base? This year, students from 190 Colorado schools participated in the Student Body High School Challenge, which collected 7,330 units of donated blood to help save the lives of patients in need. Awards are given to recognize outstanding school achievement. This year’s winners are: • Large School Overall (population of junior and senior students is more than 175) Columbine High School, Littleton • Small School Overall (population of junior and senior students is less than 175) Custer County Consolidated School, Westcliffe • Most First-time Donors Chaparral High School, Parker

Every student at participating high schools has the opportunity to enter a drawing to win great prizes. Look for this year’s winner on our Web site under the High School Challenge.

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

Additionally, Bonfils conducted two high school student focus groups recently to determine what motivates students to give blood and how we can enhance Bonfils’ high school blood drive programs.

DENVER – LOWRY 717 Yosemite Street Mon – Sat, 7am - 7pm

Approximately 10 percent of the nation’s blood supply is donated by high school-aged donors. Earlier this year Colorado became the 29th state that passed legislation allowing 16-year-olds to donate blood with parental consent. Beginning this month, Bonfils estimates that 16-year-olds will contribute as many as 2,600 blood donations to the state’s blood supply annually. If your school is interested in hosting a blood drive, call 800.365.0006, opt. 6 or visit Special thanks to Comcast for their generous support of this program.

• Greatest Improvement Award Thompson Valley High School, Loveland • Most Community Donor Center Donors Englewood High School, Englewood

Bonfils Says Thanks to Southern Colorado Every June, Bonfils Blood Center honors and acknowledges our southern Colorado partners and community members that contribute to Bonfils’ success. More than 600 of Bonfils’ five-gallon and above donors, blood drive hosts, community partners and other volunteers were recognized for their achievements during the past 12 months. Additionally, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Bonfils’ Colorado Marrow Donor Program, more than a dozen marrow donors and staff from southern Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers were acknowledged. Leukemia survivor Laura Rojas, news anchor for KOAA-TV, kicked-off the evening by sharing her story about the importance of blood donation and how it saved her life. Six special awards were presented to those who have shown exemplary commitment to the mission and vision of Bonfils Blood Center: • Community Partner Award - presented to Jackie Houtchens and the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo (CMHIP) for their nearly two-decade partnership which continues to grow due to Houtchens’ persistence for generating blood drive awareness and CMHIP’s willingness to provide the space needed to host blood drives. • Foundation Leadership Award - presented to Paul J. McCarthy, MD and Orla O’Callaghan, JD for their contributions to the blood center. Their financial support and blood donations over the last eight years have demonstrated a continued commitment to our mission of saving and enhancing lives. • Youth Service Award - presented to Megan Hollenbeck, a sophomore at Fowler High School in Fowler, Colo., for her leadership in coordinating successful blood drives which led to the collection of more than 150 units of blood in 2008.

• Liaison of the Year Award - presented to Jan Lowther coordinator of the Transportation Technology Center Inc. blood drive program. Thanks to her individual efforts, the company added four blood drives in 2008, which positively impacted thousands of patients in need. • Volunteer of the Year Award - presented to Alamosa, Colo. resident Susanne DeVore for supporting the success of the Alamosa Community blood drive program for more than 10 years. • Outstanding Blood Drive Growth Award - presented to the Rocky Ford Colorado Community for increasing donations by nearly 30 percent compared to 2007. Still a relatively new blood drive program, Rocky Ford Community members are dedicated to saving lives through blood donation.

DENVER WEST 13952 Denver West Parkway Building 53, Suite 335 Mon – Sat, 7am - 7pm Highlands Ranch Parkway Center, Building 2 541 West Highlands Ranch Parkway Mon – Sat, 7am - 7pm PARKER Bus location 11101 S. Parker Road Every other Friday Please check for exact dates and times. PUEBLO 3676 Parker Boulevard, Suite 380 Tue, 8am - 4pm Thurs, 11am - 7pm Sat, 8am - noon STERLING 106 South 2nd Street Mon & Thurs, noon - 6pm WESTMINSTER Park Technology Center 960 W. 124th Street Mon – Wed, 7am - 7pm Thurs - closed Fri - Sun, 7am - 7pm Info Line 303.366.2000 or 800.365.0006 Appointment Line 303.363.2300 or 800.365.0006, opt. 2.


In partnership with our community, Bonfils Blood Center saves and enhances lives.


As a premier, community-focused blood center, we advance healthcare to a higher level of excellence.

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Dear members of our community: Thank you for your support to help patients who depend upon Bonfils Blood Center's life-saving work. Each day, your community blood center collects more than 600 donations to support patients who rely on blood products. One of the products Bonfils collects is platelets — critical in blood clotting and needed to support patients requiring cancer therapy, open-heart surgery, organ transplants and other medical treatments. While most blood transfusions involve simply matching the patient’s blood type (ABO and Rh factor) with the donor's blood type, chronically transfused patients, like cancer patients, have more complex transfusion needs and require a more personalized blood product and Bonfils’ transfusion expertise. Through its state-of-the-art laboratory, Bonfils conducts specialized blood testing called Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typing, which can play an important role in the patient’s immune system accepting the transfused platelets. In order to provide matched platelets when critically ill patients need them, Bonfils must increase the number of platelet units typed for HLA so we can respond quickly to physician requests for these special products. Without HLA typing and a substantial donor pool from which to provide these special platelet units, treatment is delayed and the patient’s health compromised. You can make the difference. Proactive HLA typing is an expensive process. Each work-up costs the blood center $53, but this expense is generally not reimbursed by hospitals. In these challenging economic times, we ask your help to proactively type for HLA and to ensure that units are available without delay for chronically transfused patients. Your charitable gift of $53 will allow Bonfils to perform HLA typing of one unit and increases our pool of HLA-typed platelets and our ability to provide specially-matched units for patients in need – without delay. Statistics indicate that each of us has a 90 percent chance of needing a blood product in our lifetime. The gift you give today can have a profound effect on a patient who needs a life-saving platelet transfusion tomorrow and may even benefit someone you know. We have included a self-addressed, prepaid envelope for your convenience. If you would like to talk to a foundation representative, please call 303.361.2820 or email us at It takes more than blood to save a life and together we can fulfill Bonfils’ vision to advance healthcare and save lives. With our personal thanks and warm regards,

Leslie A. Strate Executive Director Bonfils Blood Center Foundation

Kevin J. Land, MD Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Bonfils Blood Center

Bonfils Blood Center and its fundraising arm, Bonfils Blood Center Foundation, are recognized as 501(c)(3) charitable organizations Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Have you thought of leaving Bonfils in your will or estate plans? To learn more about this program, please contact or call 303.739.4000.



Heartbeat Fall 2009  

Bonfils Blood Center's Community Newsletter