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January Honors Those Who Give The Gift of Life

One in three people will need blood at some time in their life. Where does it come from? Volunteer blood donors. Our country’s blood supply depends on blood donors to make this resource available to those in need. Whether it comes from an unexpected event such as an accident or a carefully planned surgery, many medical needs are dependent on blood donors giving in advance. January is National Blood Donor Month, honoring blood donors who give their time and part of themselves to help save lives and contribute to the health of those in the community. Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood, and about one in ten of those people do. These statistics demonstrate the importance of each blood donor, many giving repeatedly to maintain the blood supply. Read More...

Making Donations Count at the Food Bank

When LifeShare Blood Centers heard that the Harvest Food Bank in Texarkana, Ark. was concerned about their supply lasting through the holidays, they decided to make the blood donors’ life-saving good deeds go a little further—not just in Texarkana but for the 70 parishes and counties with 3.7 million people that LifeShare serves. For every blood donation LifeShare Blood Centers collects on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 it will donate a food item to the local area food bank. Read More...

North Louisiana Teenager Holds Marrow Registry Drives While Battling Cancer

In an effort to find a match for 14-year-old Jamaya Johnson of Bossier City, La., two community-wide marrow registry drives will be held in North Louisiana this Thanksgiving weekend. The first will be held on Friday, Nov. 23 from 11:30a.m. - 3:00p.m. at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 720 Adams Rd., Monroe, La. The other drive will be on Saturday, Nov. 24 in Bossier City, La. at Rusheon Middle School's gym from 11a.m. - 2p.m., 2401 Old Minden Rd. Anyone ages 18 to 44 in good health are encouraged to sign up on the registry. African-Americans are strongly encouraged to register because the race is currently under-represented on the registry --less than 10 percent of nearly 10 million registrants. Patients are most likely to find a match within their own ethnicity. Read More...

Area Foundations Grant Support to Protect Rare Blood Cell Collection

BlueCross BlueShield Foundation, Scott Foundation, Union Pacific Foundation, and Weyerhaeuser Foundation were recognized today by LifeShare Blood Centers for major contributions to protect and preserve one of the world’s largest collections of rare red blood cell samples. LifeShare Blood Centers is the steward of the rare collection that it uses in blood compatibility testing for hospitals and blood centers worldwide. Read More...

Blood Donation is a Necessary Preparation for Isaac

Anyone eligible to give blood is encouraged to donate as soon as possible in preparation for the impact of Tropical Storm Isaac. After the storm makes landfall, the ability to donate and collect blood becomes much more difficult and typically results in a significant drop in donations. The difficulty is due to such factors as donor availability, transportation issues, and damage and flooding to blood centers and nearby areas. Because of this, donations must increase now to continue an adequate blood supply during and after the storm. Read More...

HHT: More Than a Nosebleed

A nosebleed may often be overlooked, but for some it should be a warning sign. June is Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Awareness Month. Symptoms may be silent or range from frequent nosebleeds to gastrointestinal bleeding, lung and brain hemorrhages. Aterio-venous malformations (AVMs) in the lungs, brain and liver also occur in a significant percentage of persons with HHT and can be life-threatening or disabling. Read More...

HHT Awareness Baton Rouge Area Blood Drives

A nosebleed may often be overlooked, but for some it should be a warning sign. June is Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Awareness Month. Symptoms may be silent or range from frequent nosebleeds to gastrointestinal bleeding, lung and brain hemorrhages. Aterio-venous malformations (AVMs) in the lungs, brain and liver also occur in a significant percentage of persons with HHT and can be life-threatening or disabling. Read More...

Lake Charles Area Drives for HHT Awareness

Most of us do not think about blood very often, much less donating blood. But for one family here in Southwest Louisiana it is a matter of life and death every day. Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia or HHT is a genetic disorder that causes abnormalities of blood vessels. Most blood vessels in the body of someone with HHT are normal. However, a small percentage of the blood vessels in a person with HHT have a specific type of abnormality. Read More...

10th Annual Miracle Match for Life

Through the generous support of Southeast Texans over the past decade, the 10th Annual Miracle Match for Life Golf Tournament has reached a major milestone of $1,000,000 raised to benefit the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program, LifeShare Blood Centers and the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program. Read More...

Chesapeake Energy Donates Laptops to LifeShare Blood Centers

Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) today brought an early Easter basket to LifeShare Blood Centers with the donation of five new Dell laptop computers. Read More...