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Event seeks to diversify blood supply, bone marrow registry A campaign to diversify the blood supply and bone marrow registry delivered the message Saturday with a family-friendly event. The event, “I’ll Be There,� encouraged more residents to become blood and bonemarrow donors. It included free health screenings, children’s activities, live entertainment, music by Christian rappers and the Grand Rapids Cyclones basketball team. The event was at Ottawa Hills High School, 2055 Rosewood Ave. SE. “While blood donations from all ethnic groups are vital, there is a critical need for African-American donors, as less than 2 percent give blood and only 7 percent of the Be the Match Registry is comprised of potential African-American bone marrow donors,� said Cle Jackson, senior community liaison for Blue Cross. “The goal of this event is

to raise awareness in the Grand Rapids community on how important it is to diversify the blood supply and bone marrow registry, due to the fact that ethnicity is a crucial component in matching donors to those in need.� Joining forces in the campaign was a host of organizations: Michigan Blood, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, faith based organizations and the Kent County, Kalamazoo-Muskegon Michigan National Black Nurses Association. Only 30 percent of patients in need of blood stem cell transplants find a match among their family members. The remaining 70 percent try to find a donor through the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be the Match Registry. And because blood is a perishable resource, blood donations are needed daily, the organizers said.

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State Rep. Winnie Brinks to deliver keynote address By Brian McVicar

State Rep. Winnie Brinks is scheduled to deliver the keynote address Monday at Grand Rapids Community College’s Women in Leadership Summit, an event that will deal with topics ranging from civic engagement to education. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features four panels, two breakout sessions, lunch and dinner. Tickets range from $20 for the public to $10 for GRCC students. “Our organization is committed to empowering a new generation of leaders,� said Ross Pike, president of Women’s Issues Now, one of the groups participating in the conference. “The daylong summit on Monday will encourage people to engage with community leaders.� The event, billed as a bipartisan affair. Speakers include state Board of Education Member Lupe Ramos-Montigny, State Sen. Rebekah Warren, East Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education member Elizabeth Welch Lykins, and 63rd District Court Chief Judge Sara J. Smolenski.

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