Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Donate Blood

This Friday, August 21st, the Tulalip Health Clinic is holding a blood drive. During the Annual Tulalip Health Fair the Puget Sound Blood Center will have a mobile donation bus available from 9:00am to 3:30pm. I encourage all tribal members and employees to take time and give blood. According to Gayle Richards, the Puget Sound Blood Center needs to collect 900 pints of blood each day to supply over 70 hospitals and clinics throughout Western Washington. And, just one donation can save up to three lives.

You can also sign up to join the bone marrow registry during the health fair. Patients are most likely to find a compatible donor within their own ethnic communities, and right now out of the 7 million volunteer donors, only 1% are Native American. Tribal employees, with supervisor permission, are allowed two hours to participate in the Tulalip Health Fair. For more information, or if you’d like to set up a time to donate, contact Karen Sheldon-Zackuse 360-716-5684, kszackuse@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov.