Lifesource PA

Pittston, PA (November 19, 2012) – LifeSource, in partnership with Geisinger Health System, held a replenishment blood drive at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Henry Cancer Center for John Loschiavo to help Geisinger patients. The drive took place Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“The blood drive collected 16 life supporting units of blood. And, since each blood donation can support up to three lives, donors helped support over 45 lives in the community,” said Shawn James, Account Manager for Lifesource PA. “A special thanks to everyone that donated, and to Cindy Ruch, Stacey Konschnik and Renee Aquillina for spreading the word about the need for blood.”

Renee Aquillina’s father, John Loschiavo, receives weekly transfusions at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Henry Cancer Center due to Myelodysplastia (MDS), which affects his body’s ability to reproduce enough red blood cells.

When family or friends ask what they can do, the number one thing my sisters and I tell them is give blood,” explained Renee. John and his family are very thankful to the donors that give blood, realizing they are giving not only time, but also a part of themselves for someone else. In fact, John’s son-in-law, Dr. Anthony Aquillina donated blood to support the cause.

From left to right: James Goetz, Regional Director Operations, Cancer Services at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Henry Cancer Center; Shawn James, Account Manager at Lifesource PA; Renee Aquillina, John Loschiavo’s daughter; Dr. Steven B. Pierdon, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer at Geisinger Wyoming Valley

Participating donors were eligible for this month’s promotion, receiving a Lifesource PA T-shirt. Additionally, donors were entered into a random drawing for one of five $25 Amazon.com gift cards.

Blood collected by Lifesource PA is distributed locally in the Geisinger service area for Geisinger patients. Donors know they are helping families, friends and neighbors in their community.

It’s easy to donate. The donation process takes about an hour and is both safe and comfortable. Blood donors need to be at least 17-years-old, 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

To schedule your life supporting donation, click here or call 1.866.996.5100.

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Pittston, PA (November 1, 2012) – Lifesource PA, in partnership with Geisinger Health System, held a blood drive at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The drive collected 27 lifesaving units of blood. And, since each blood donation can support up to three lives, donors helped support over 80 lives in the community! The blood collected is distributed locally in the Geisinger service area for Geisinger patients. Donors know they are helping families, friends and neighbors in their community.

Participating donors received a Geisinger Blood Center limited edition T-shirt and were entered into a random drawing for one of four $25 Sheetz or Walmart gift cards.

It’s easy to donate. The donation process takes about an hour and is both safe and comfortable. Blood donors need to be at least 17-years-old, 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

To schedule your lifesaving donation, click here or call 1.866.996.5100.

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PITTSTON, PA (Apr. 26, 2013) Lifesource PA held its inaugural blood drive with King’s College on April 15, 2013. Students and staff from the college came together, rolled up their sleeves and helped support lives in the community.

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“I felt the blood drive was a rousing success, we had 70 donors present to donate and we collected 57 units of blood,” Blood Center Director Mike Quint said. “Running a successful drive can be a challenge, but Valerie Musto, the volunteer blood drive coordinator and Biology Laboratory Director at King’s College, did an exceptional job getting the word out and was a major contributor to the drive’s success,” Quint added.

 

We asked Valerie a few questions about her experiences as a drive coordinator for King’s College and here’s what she had to say.

How long have you been involved with the community blood program?

I have been involved with blood drives for many years – I began working with the drives on campus when I was a student at King’s and then continued running them after I began working here. So I can say it’s been about 32 years now.

What made you get involved?

I started doing volunteer work for the Red Cross in fundraising when a friend got me involved with an all-college talent show – it was held at the Irem Temple and involved the five area colleges. I also worked at the blood drives, which were sponsored by our biology club at the time. I just “chose” the Red Cross and the blood program as my “charity of choice” because I felt it was such a great way to immediately help others and they benefit directly from our efforts.

 Have you personally been affected by blood transfusions?

I actually have been lucky to not have anyone in my life really need blood.

What do you find the most rewarding?

I have been very lucky to work with the students at King’s College – they always come through and help us have successful drives. I enjoy interacting with the students and employees who attend the drives and knowing that we have supported so many lives, or made so many lives better by our donations. I am a gallon donor myself and that was a proud moment when I reached that goal.

 What does being a coordinator mean to you?

Being a coordinator means a lot to me because I like to have fun themes and foods, and try to make the drives upbeat for the donors.

 What do you say to blood donors at your drives?

I think the best thing to say to blood donors is “Thank you!” I thank them for coming out, knowing that our efforts have been successful and I thank them for the lives they support.

 What do you think community members could do to help the blood program?

I am always looking for different ideas and ways to draw donors in – people within a community can help by spreading the word – making sure everyone knows there is no substitution for blood. I also want to know that there would be blood on the shelves for any of my family and friends – they should too.

It’s easy to donate. The donation process takes about an hour and is both safe and comfortable. Blood donors need to be at least 17-years-old, 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.
To schedule your lifesaving donation, click here or call 1.866.996.5100.

Give Locally. Help Locally.

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