Virtual Blood Drive!
I’m excited to share that as Pikes Peak Section 1312 will be hosting our first-ever virtual blood drive in partnership with Vitalant.
Choose from over 120 locations in the US!
February 1 - March 31
Join the COVID Rescue Team when you donate blood at the ASQ – Pikes Peak Section 1312 virtual blood drive!
In times when we can’t be together in person, we can still be together in support of our communities. The need for blood is especially high right now as the health crisis continues to impact patients. All successful blood donations are being tested for COVID antibodies so Vitalant can identify members of the community who may be eligible to give plasma to help patients with COVID-19.
Participating in the virtual blood drive is easy. For us to track all of the donations at the virtual blood drive, you need to follow these steps:
- Sign up at ASQ-PP 1312 for the virtual blood drive to get your emailed invitation to schedule your appointment.
- When your email arrives, click “Schedule Now” to book your appointment at any convenient blood donation location using the same email address you used to sign up. This is important because it helps Vitalant connect your donation to our organization’s virtual blood drive.
- Prepare for your donation by eating a healthy meal and drinking plenty of water. Remember to bring a photo ID with you.
- Provide the same email address at the time of donation. Give blood, transform lives!
Thanks for supporting patients by donating blood during our virtual blood drive. Because of donors like you, life doesn’t stop.
Kenneth L Lewis, CMQ
Pikes Peak Section 1312
I am very passionate about this endeavor. Back in September, I, unfortunately, caught the COVID virus. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to win the fight with the virus. The benefit of that fight is now my body has COVID antibodies.
I was lucky that my body won that fight. However, there are many others that are not as lucky. These unfortunate patients sometimes end up in the ICU with very little hope. But there is hope--- It's just in low supply.
Convalescent Plasma, also sometimes called liquid gold, is plasma donations with COVID antibodies. While the treatment is still experimental, there have been many success stories of patients with little hope, regaining their strength and health after receiving treatment with Convalescent Plasma. This story is exactly what happened to the brother-in-law of a Navy SEAL I am acquainted with. His brother-in-law was near death and amazingly he is now with us today.
While it is still experimental and I could not tell you that the plasma WAS the cure; I would tell you that it is a mighty close coincidence.
Join me throughout the month of Feb & Mar to help build the stock of this precious, live-saving asset.