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Community Lifeline Archives 2015

Community Lifeline Archives 2014

(December 2014 * Volume 13, No 4) Featured Story: Giving Life, Receiving Joy

Giving the gift of life is always in season, and there's no better time than the holidays to donate blood. The holiday season can be a challenging time for blood donation, particularly the week between Christmas and New Year's.

Our donor centers are open throughout the holidays, and - chances are - there's a blood drive happening near where you live, work and shop. Or, stop by our Holiday Blood Drive at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick on Monday, December 22, 2014.

(September 2014 * Volume 13, No 3) Featured Story: Marrow Donor: "It's Amazing"

Michael LaLonde looks comfortable in the chair in the special room at the Rhode Island Blood Center, a room where they extract marrow in a process not so dissimilar to a blood donation. Over the next few hours, enough marrow will be extracted that will not only give someone hope, but likely life itself.

"It's amazing," LaLonde says, as life saving marrow is extracted, marrow that is earmarked for a 28-year-old afflicted with leukemia... marrow that is this you man's only hope for survival.

(June 2014 * Volume 13, No 2) Featured Story: "PMA = Positive Mental Attitude"

For the first time in seven years, Gregg Madsen dreams about tomorrow, determined that his two children will not be without their father.

Since the fall of 2007, Gregg has been on a journey that no one wants to make. He has experienced incomprehensible pain and struggle, and through it all has refused to give up, refused to think that his children would be without their father. He calls it PMA... Positive Mental Attitude."

(March 2014 * Volume 13 No 1) Our Featured Story: "Painting celebrates hope ... and life"

Springtime is full of symbols of hope and life. It?s in the beauty of a butterfly?s outstretched wings, a golden finch, or even a spider web. These are the symbols that noted Scituate artist Christine-McIntyre Hannon has used in a beautiful painting that?s this year?s Seasons? Pass print.

Her's is the 11th print since the program began in 2003.

"The poets celebrate Spring as a time of beauty, as a time of reawakening, as a time of hope," says Christine. "The flowers bloom, butterflies, birds and rabbits are around us. This painting is filled with symbols of hope and life, reflecting not only the season, but the very essence of what blood donors provide for countless individuals who will again experience the fragrance of Spring."

Community Lifeline Archives 2013

(December 2013 * Volume 12, No 4) Our Featured Story: 'Things like this don't happen to our family'

At 39 Bob Van Winter was living the good life. A nice family, three young children, a wonderful wife, a beautiful home in Northern Rhode Island, working in a successful family business, playing golf, skeet shooting on weekends.
And when the doctors came in with a diagnosis of leukemia he knew they were mistaken. ?Things like this don?t happen to our family,? he thought. ?I had no sense of my own mortality.?

(September 2013 * Volume 12, No 3) Our Featured Story: Not Just Your Grandmother's Disease

There was a time Mandy Zito says, when she and her husband were carefree, setting off on a six month cross-country road trip, or backpacking for a month through Europe.

(June 2013 * Volume 12, No 2) Featured Story: Melissa: 'We've come so far'

When four-year-old Dorian Murray began treatment for several malignant tumors last April 19, he was given less than a 20 percent chance of survival. Diagnosed with a tumor on his calf, another around his hip, two on his spine and one on his chest, he would face intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments ? and receive countless units of blood products.

(March 2013 * Volume 12, No 1) Print Shows Power to Transform The Spirit

?The Breakthrough,? the power of water crashing into a rock lined shoreline, the strength, the spirit and the strange, if powerful connection it makes to blood donation ? that same strength and spirit, conveyed from donor to recipient. So it is with this year?s Seasons? Pass painting, magnificent oil by renowned artist Cindy Baron, the 10th print since the program began in 2003.

Community Lifeline Archives 2012

(December 2012 * Volume 11, No 4) A Perfect Match.

This is Eli?s journey, and it?s one that could not have been made without the incredible generosity of blood donors, and a very special marrow donor. And it was Eli?s journey, a young boy from Rochester, NY that took center stage at the Rhode Island Blood Center?s annual dinner for its most frequent donors, sponsors and blood recipients.

(October 2012 * Volume 11, No 3) Featured Story: They Inspire Us.

They have inspired us through their strength and determination, battling some of life?s most difficult challenges. And they have reminded us of the power that we have within us to heal, thanks to the miracle of blood and marrow donation.

(June 2012 * Volume 11, No 2) Rhode Island Blood Center Building State-of-the-Art Laboratory

The Rhode Island Blood Center has started construction on a new state-of-the-art testing laboratory, adjacent to its main facility at 405 Promenade Street, Providence. The new laboratory, which will test all blood donations for the RIBC and many hospitals in Massachusetts, is the only one of its kind in New England.

(March 2012 * Volume 11, No 1) Rhode Island Blood Center Unveils Seasons' Pass Print; Introduces New Artist

It seemed only natural that Kendra Bidwell Ferreira, this year?s Seasons? Pass Artist, would choose the sea and the strength of America?s Cup Yachts as the focus for this year?s art. In it she sees the collective strength of blood donors who once helped her recover from cancer, and the challenge that every patient, every blood recipient, faces.

Community Lifeline Archives 2011

(December 2011 * Volume 10, No 4) An evening of hope and inspiration.

The voices of more than 500 blood drive sponsors, donors and recipients softly sang ?Over the Rainbow,? a song of hope, a belief that there is something great in the distance. It was one of many inspirational moments at the Rhode Island Blood Center?s October dinner, celebrating the power of blood donation, and thanking those who are both frequent sponsors and frequent donors.

(September 2011 * Volume 10, No 3) Featuring: A Mother's Story.

For Jennifer Miner, hours have turned into days, days into weeks and weeks into months. Her daughter struggles for survival, something that doctors didn?t believe was possible when Grace was born at only 23 weeks, weighing less than a pound and a half.

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