Volume 1, Issue 1, 2014 Giving for Life Newsletter Mel Gullickson: Giving for Life Every two weeks, Melvin Gullickson from Hancock, Wis., faithfully finds a mobile blood drive in the Marshfield area so he can donate platelets. Sometimes Mel travels nearly 75 miles each way to donate. “It’s truly gratifying to know you are saving lives,” he says. It is because of donors like Mel that BloodCenter of Wisconsin developed the Giving for Life program. We wanted to show our gratitude to the thousands of donors who help to save countless lives through the generosity of blood donation. This Giving for Life newsletter is our way of sharing the stories of every day heroes like Mel, and keeping you up to date on how you can make a difference in your own special way through the Giving for Life program. Mel began donating at BloodCenter’s West Bend donor center more than 40 years ago simply because it was the right thing to do. He and his wife, Carol, owned a neighborhood bowling alley in Allenton, Wis., where they were able to recruit blood donors from their bowling leagues. For more than four years, Mel and Carol worked with the West Bend donor center staff to block off seven hours every eight weeks, and the Gullicksons would bring in 40-60 blood donors to fill the hours. Diane’s Story Giving for Life donors make a profound difference in patients lives – patients like Diane. Diane was just 22 when she was diagnosed with leukemia, and knows firsthand the life-saving impact blood and platelet donors have on patients. Watch Diane’s video. www.bcw.edu/Diane Mel and Carol dedicated many hours solely out of kindness and with the understanding that the need for blood is great. For these efforts, Mel was awarded the Twelve Who Care award sponsored by WISN–TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee. Today, Mel and Carol are retired, but they continue to support BloodCenter and recruit new donors. We are truly grateful to have them in the BloodCenter family. Melvin and Carol Gullickson, Hancock, Wis. Volume 1, Issue 1, 2014 Giving for Life Your unique path to saving lives BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Giving for Life donor recognition program honors individuals who make a special commitment to saving lives. It reflects the many reasons donors like you choose to give blood. Since the program began in 2012, more than 13,000 blood donors have participated. BloodCenter is truly grateful to its donors for the profound impact they make on the lives of others. If you are already actively involved in Giving for Life, we thank you! If you haven’t heard about it – it’s time to choose your path and be recognized! Choose your path Giving for Life members are invited to select a specialized Path that best reflects how they choose to make a difference. Four Paths help meet unique patient needs: Twice the Impact: For dual red donors whose donations have twice the impact. Universal Good For O Negative donors who understand the importance of their universal blood type. Healing For platelet and plasma donors who help enhance the lives of patients with their healing gift. Community Need For donors who give year-round, but know the importance of donating in the summer and around the holidays when the need is greatest. Donors tour Flight for Life More than 50 Giving for Life participants and their guests enjoyed Flight for Life tours as their recognition gift in February and March 2014. They received a tour of the Flight for Life building and hanger, as well as the communications center where live calls are received. When you complete the elements of your Path, you will receive a special recognition gift. 2013 gift items included a movie ticket package, a recognition reception, and a Flight for Life tour. The gift is a small token of BloodCenter’s appreciation for the commitment you make as a loyal blood donor. Learn more about the Giving for Life program at www.bcw.edu/GFL. Log in with your Donor ID and select the Giving for Life section on the left side of the menu. If you have questions, need your Donor ID or don’t have access to a computer, contact us at 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376) and we will be happy to assist. Additional Recognition We also recognize Giving for Life donors through the accumulation of points, whether or not they select a Path. Recognition points are awarded for: • Giving Blood • Joining a registry • Becoming an advocate • Volunteering The recognition points can be exchanged at the online Giving for Life Recognition Center - www.bcw.edu/GFLpoints You Tube Look for the next issue of our newsletter this summer! Copyright © 2014 BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Inc. All rights reserved.