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Sandy, a Mesa resident, is one of over one million Americans living with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Her husband had hemophilia and was infected with HIV during a blood transfusion. A few months after his death in 1994, Sandy decided to get tested. The result: positive.
Normalcy is kind of a funny concept, something that fluctuates with people and circumstances and is often defined by the small routines in life. Consider the morning routine, which is defined the little habits like showering, tooth brushing, drinking a cup of hot cocoa from the “Little Mermaid” mug followed by a morning, or at least weekly, trip to the grocery store to restock on milk and soap.
Wanting to show their support and to help with the financial burden that has come as the result of a seven-and-a-half-year battle against cancer, friends and family of long-time Gilbert resident Gary West have organized a benefit concert featuring several well-known local musicians. Called “Hope on. Journey on,” the concert theme is a reflection of how West himself has dealt with the disease.
With an estimated 24,000 blood donations by the end of the school year, teens have retained their status as United Blood Services largest statewide donor group for the ninth consecutive year. The D-backs honored the accomplishments of students in the 2012-13 High School Blood Drive Challenge by donating 1,000 tickets to 83 award-winning schools for their May 1 game against the San Francisco Giants. Championship banners were presented on-field during pregame ceremonies to the nine schools earning the highest honors. The team invited the top two high schools, Gilbert's Highland (most total donors) and Williams (highest percentage participation) to share a party suite at the game.
United Blood Services is experiencing a severe shortage of blood donations as many donors cancel appointments due to the flu.
Arizona United Blood Services needs about 300 people to donate blood, with a particular need for donors with O-negative blood types, on Nov. 10 as Thanksgiving gets closer and people get busier. “Once people get into their holiday activities many things take precedence over donating blood for many people,” said Sue Thew, United Blood Services spokeswoman.
Take time this holiday weekend to roll up your sleeve for a life-saving cause. United Blood Services is asking Valley residents to donate at the community “Saving Arizona” blood drive 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday (July 8) at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway.
Emphasizing a special need for “Type O-negative” donors, 24 Arizona hospitals — including five in the East Valley area — are urging potential blood donors to donate now in preparation for the Independence Day holiday rush next month.
Give the perfect gift, donate blood
August 25, 2004
With nearly 50 confirmed cases of equine West Nile virus reported in Arizona, several East Valley veterinarians have been working to cure diseased horses despite the high cost and limited availability of an FDAapproved antidote.