Platelet & Blood Donors Honored For Saving Lives

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Guam- People that have donated blood and platelets to Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) and Naval Hospital were recognized for their life saving gifts with an appreciation luncheon Wednesday.

The annual event was hosted by Gift of Life Guam at the Hyatt hotel. The non profit organization is a partner of GMH that promotes awareness on the hospital’s blood banks and collection of blood platelets to help save lives.

Officials revealed that Lyle Cummings was the donor of the year for GMH in 2010, while Kristina Grant was the donor of the year for Naval Hospital.

Lab Administrator Glenda Pangelinan says the luncheon is a token of the community’s appreciation because without these donors, there is no other way to get blood products to their patients.

“In January, at least for the first two weeks, we had four first time donors come through our doors…which is the most we’ve ever seen in such a small amount of time” said Pangelinan. “So, I know we’ve increased that since then. If we can stay on that track for the reminder of the year, the blood bank wouldn’t have to worry about having the blood inventory, the platelet inventory on our shelves.”

Cheryl Orland is one of the four new platelet donors at GMH. She says she decided to donate as part of her new year’s resolution in 2011 and to also stay healthy. She hopes to inspire others to do the same and help save lives, especially because she says Guam is so small.

“By doing this consistently every two weeks, it’s something I know I feel good about” said Orland. “And I know it’s also going to be good use to anyone here who can benefit from the blood platelets.”

Currently, over 40 donors contribute regularly to the hospital. Pangelinan adds if anyone is interested in the pre-screening process for platelet donations, to call (671) 647-3276.