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Newport Jazz, Folk Festivals Help Register Marrow Donors

When Jazz great Michael Brecker was battling leukemia seven years ago, the Rhode Island Blood Center and the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals began a relationship that has registered nearly 750 individuals for the Be The Match marrow registration program, a relationship that continues this year at the Folk Festival on July 25, 26 and 27, and Jazz Festival on August 1, 2 and 3.

Brecker, a 15-time Grammy winner and legendary saxophonist, was unable to find a marrow match and passed away in 2007. Brecker’s passing has continued to inspire festival organizers and the Rhode Island Blood Center to use the festivals as a way of increasing the number of individuals on the Be The Match Registry.

Adding people to the registry means greater opportunities of finding a suitable marrow match for leukemia and other patients. Last year (August 6, 2013) another jazz legend, keyboardist George Duke, also passed away from leukemia.

The folk festival is sold out, but tickets remain for the Jazz Festival, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a stunning lineup.

For more information about the festivals, visit Newport Jazz Festival or Newport Folk Fest.

While you are there, be sure to visit the Rhode Island Blood Center’s Be The Match tent to register for the marrow program, and participate in the Blood Center’s photo booth.

South County Donor Center Opens 7/18/2014 in a Temporary Location in Same Plaza

Our South County Donor Center (14 Woodruff Ave., Narragansett) is temporarily relocated to a new Suite in the Woodruff Plaza.

Starting Friday, July 18th, we will be located in the end unit as you come in off Woodruff Avenue.

We are placing signage to make it easier to find us. If you are looking at our existing site from the parking lot, it is the last unit all the way to the right.

For now, we are only drawing Whole Blood donors, but expect to be ready for platelet donors early next week. We are calling donors with appointments as we need to on a day-by-day basis for now until we are fully set up and operational in the new suite.

Once repairs are completed we will be returning to our original suite.

If you would still like to donate platelets, our Westerly Donor Center is approximately 20 minutes away at 143 Franklin Street in Westerly.
Platelets last just 5 days so your donation is still very much needed.

If you would like to donate at any of our other Rhode Island Blood Center facilities, they are located at 405 Promenade St., Providence; 688 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown; 615 Greenwich Ave., Warwick; 2168 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket and 143 Franklin Street, Westerly.

Additionally, the Blood Center holds more than a dozen blood drives throughout the state daily. For hours at the donor centers and locations of blood drives, Search For Drives Here
or call 1-800-283-8385.

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Because of You

Because of you … blood donors … Katie Hammond will be able to help children and their parents find courage and hope as they begin their difficult journey in fighting leukemia or other serious conditions.

As a pediatric intensive care nurse, Katie will talk to them about her own journey, one that began when she was just 17 and was being treated for a rare blood disease.

She would need more than 200 blood and platelet transfusions during her treatment. Now, she is fulfilling her dream of working as a pediatric nurse. She began working at Hasbro Children’s Hospital this week.

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Capturing symbols of hope and life in the outstretched wings of a butterfly, a golden finch, a spider web, Christine-McIntyre Hannon has embraced the powerful life saving gift blood donors give to survivors in the Rhode Island Blood Centers 11th Seasons’ Pass painting.

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