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Get Ready for the Next Generation of Dallas Mavericks!

What’s better than watching your favorite Dallas Mavericks players achieve victory on the court? Watching your kids do the same with the skills they learned from the Mavericks themselves. That’s why Carter BloodCare teamed up with the Dallas Mavericks to send kids in our community to Mavs Hoop Camp.

Mavs Hoop Camp uses the best basketball coaching staff in Texas to teach your kids the fundamentals of the game. Camp members learn how to communicate with their teammates and coaches, and discover the value of sportsmanship and responsibility both on and off the court. The program was developed by the Dallas Mavericks to give kids a chance to improve their basketball talent and work with some of their heroes. The program is open to kids of all skill levels aged 8 to 14.

This year, Carter BloodCare was given the opportunity to send 21 sponsored kids to camp. As a way to reward our donors, we put together an online giveaway that allowed them to enter for a chance to send their child to this once in a lifetime opportunity. We saw a total of 76 entries from 35 donors hoping that their kid could learn from the best. Through our online giveaway, 8 lucky kids had the opportunity to go to camp. Camp staff selected the remaining 13 kids.

Every kid who attends Hoop Camp receives two tickets to a 2015-2016 pre-season Mavs game at American Airlines Center, a reversible Mavs camp jersey, camp progress reports, camp fit deck, and personalized trading cards. At the camp, each kid is entered into daily giveaways for more fun prizes and is given the opportunity to be taught by Mavs certified coaches.

Carter BloodCare is proud to partner with organizations like the Dallas Mavericks that focus on enriching the lives of our future generations. Together with Carter BloodCare, your child can become a Mavs Fan For Life and move one step closer to achieving their goals in life and on the court.


Giving Blood, Great.info

Hospital Highlight: Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford

Right next to our North Texas office in Bedford, our neighbors at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford work every day to find ways to help patients through blood transfusion and research. We were lucky enough to sit down with a few of their lab professionals to learn more about what they do, and why they are passionate about their work. John Michael Peters, M.D., has been a pathologist on the medical staff at Texas Health HEB for 5 years, after moving closer to his family. Julia Blackburn, MT (ASCP) BB, has been at the hospital for 35 years, working as the clinical lab scientist lead for Transfusion Services. Sharon Harris has been a lab director for 15 years.

What attracted each of you to work with blood transfusion and research?

Blackburn: I always knew I wanted to help people, but nursing wasn’t for me. In high school, we had a career fair and representatives from a laboratory were there. It sparked an interest in pathology for me so that’s where I headed.

Harris: I was unsure of my path in college until I entered the medical technician field. I chose to specialize in blood banking because to me, it was like solving a puzzle. Puzzles to identify antibodies in someone’s system, or puzzles to find a cure. I love everything about it.

Blackburn: I agree. Blood banking is like solving a mystery that can affect someone’s life in such a great way.

Dr. Peters: As a pathologist, I do a little bit of everything, but my specialty is hematology. From a diagnostic perspective, that area has the most integration of molecular and other studies into diagnosis. It’s putting pieces together until you figure out the best way to help someone.

Which departments at your hospital see the greatest need for transfusion?

Blackburn: Cancer and cardiac patients tend to be the most popular in our department.

Dr. Peters: We have a great staff of oncologic surgeons who use blood products a lot. A lot of patients going through chemo need it for support during therapy, which is something most people don’t even realize.

How often do you need to put in orders to Carter BloodCare for more products?

Harris: We get orders around the clock for specific patients. Each day, we put in a stock order in the morning, and then each day has its own needs. Some days our stock order is enough, and sometimes we send them stat orders up to 10 times a day.

Blackburn: We can easily be fulfilling up to 10 orders an hour for specific patients, so on those days we are very fortunate to be so close to Carter BloodCare.

Harris: We have developed a great relationship with Carter, so when they have short dates on some units, we use those first since we are so close. It allows us to utilize products in time and ensure that every donation counts.

What would you say is the biggest obstacle towards getting more people to give?

Dr. Peters: A lot of people don’t realize that people are in need all times of the year, and every donation has an expiration date.

Blackburn: And some people just get busy. The end of October to the end of the year is what we call GI season. We have more people coming in with ulcers and injuries, and we have less units coming our way.

Dr. Peters: Trauma patients really increase that time of year, and sometimes we get worried because our supply gets so low. We understand people get busy around the holidays, but it is so important to stress the importance of donation then because our need is so high.

Harris: And the flu is so prevalent then. People are either scared they will get it from donation, which is impossible, or they have it so they can’t give.

Blackburn: Combine the flu with the holidays and winter is a really tough time for us.

Why do you think some people don’t regularly donate, if they donate at all?

Dr. Peters: A lot of people put it off. People find it inconvenient or slightly uncomfortable. I think most people just don’t see the immediacy of the need unless they or someone they know is in that position.

Blackburn: A lot of people are scared or pass out at the sight of needles. It’s a big challenge for us.

What would you say to tell those people there’s nothing to be afraid of?

Dr. Peters: Go with a friend. If there is a drive or donation center near you, get a friend to go with you for support. If they have donated before, they can help you understand how simple the process really is.

Blackburn: Moral support does a lot. I’ve held hands with people while they donated or distracted them from looking at the needle. Some people just have an unusual fear and it’s hard to get past that. But if you are scared, it is still important to tell others the good of giving blood, especially children and younger generations.

Do you have a story or situation with a patient that has stuck with you?

Blackburn: One time, we had a female patient come in who had been hit by a cement truck while she was sitting at a stop sign. When she came in, almost every bone in her body was broken. We had to replace a lot of blood and utilize a lot of blood components for her. But three months later, that woman was able to walk out with just the assistance of crutches. Those kind of things stick with you because it’s great to be a part of saving someone’s life.

Harris: For me, it is one of our daily safety meetings among department directors. We supply a lot of blood to the Women’s Care department. There was one woman who had Postpartum bleed. When that happens, a patient can bleed out in less than 15 minutes, but we were able to get them the products they needed in time. At a meeting, that director was talking about this patient and said she was proud of the communication we have among one another and how great it was that my group was able to step up in time.

Dr. Peters: That happens a lot in oncology, too.

Harris: Yeah, we transfuse a lot. Oncology patients need us because chemo knocks out virtually all blood cells so they need transfusion for support. We will see those patients coming by a lot, and sometimes get to know them. It’s great to see our impact first-hand.

Last thoughts?

Dr. Peters: A lot of people don’t think about blood until they need it and it isn’t there.

Blackburn: One time I heard someone say that if every person who is eligible gave blood on his or her birthday, we would never have a shortage.

Harris: You never know when it will affect you or someone you know, so it is important to step up before you’re in need.

Blackburn: It’s such a quick, easy way to help people. You never know how much you can help when you give blood.


Giving Blood

Ways to Give in Summer 2015

Who says making an impact has to be hard work? There are many ways throughout North, Central and East Texas where a little bit of good goes a long way to help your community. From fun runs and benefit concerts to the simple task of giving blood, this summer is the summer to give in Texas!

Feel like a run? If 5Ks and themed runs are your thing, then don’t miss your chance to run for a great cause. From obstacles that glow in the dark to fun with foam, it’s easy to find a run this summer that fits your personality. Active.com makes it easy to find runs that are in your community and come with the added bonus of benefitting local and national charity organizations. Just head to their website and select your area to see upcoming runs near you. Trust us, it will be hard to only pick one.

If running isn’t your thing, no need to worry. On July 5, Turn Up For Change at the W Hotel Living Room Bar to support equality with the Human Rights Campaign. Enjoy a curated happy hour and complimentary valet.  For beer aficionados, Rahr & Sons Brewery in Fort Worth is starting their Cowboy Santa program for Christmas in July beginning July 16. Come enjoy brews, BBQ and the joy of giving with one of DFW’s best craft brewers. Or support domestic violence awareness in Waco on July 18 at the Love Shouldn’t Hurt  workshop, aimed at helping victims. Benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and pop open some wine at the Wine Opener in Tyler on September 18. No matter where you live or which cause you support, there’s always a fun way to help in Texas.

At Carter BloodCare, however, we know a way to help your community that won’t cost you a dime! Each time you give life with Carter BloodCare you save lives in your community. We believe that every donation is life-changing in one way or another, and each donor makes a big difference. It only takes one hour to give, it’s completely free, and it is instantly gratifying to know you have saved lives.

No matter how you choose to give to your community, there are many great ways throughout Texas that make it more fun than ever to give to others. Whether you give money to take part in a fun run, or roll up your sleeves and give life, this summer is the perfect time to give in Texas!


About Life, Health

Dangers of Dehydration

Texas summers are known for their heat, and we are definitely feeling it this year. With the bonus bugs and high humidity, this is going to be one hot summer in the Lone Star State. Along with heat comes dangers, the most concerning being dehydration. Dehydration occurs when our body uses or loses more fluids than we are taking in. It can be very dangerous, and even when swimming, it is important to remember to drink plenty of water.

What are the symptoms?

When you’re participating in any outdoor activity, always look for dehydration symptoms in yourself and others. According to the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms of mild dehydration include thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, headache and dizziness. Severe dehydration symptoms include sunken eyes, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, fever, delirium and in some cases loss of consciousness.

If you see someone who showcases any of these symptoms, give them fluids immediately and begin questioning them to gauge the severity of their dehydration. In severe cases, call 911 immediately to get assistance from a medical professional.

How to avoid dehydration

If you are taking part in any physical activity, make sure to drink plenty of water. As a parent, it is important to supply water any time children play sports or partake in physical activities, and remind them to drink it even when they aren’t thirsty. When swimming, make sure you and your children drink water (that isn’t from the pool) as often as possible.

When trying to determine the right amount of water to drink, a good rule of thumb is to multiply your weight by two-thirds to determine the number of fluid ounces you should drink. If you are participating in a physical activity, add 12-15 ounces for every half hour you are active. CamelBak has a great online tool to help you determine how much water you should drink each hour based on age, weight, gender, activity, weather, and current hydration.

In extreme heat, sports drinks such as Gatorade help restore other nutrients your body loses while sweating. Sweat is our body’s way of cooling off, but sweating too much can speed up the dehydration process. Even when it is cold outside, dehydration can have dangerous effects on the body.

When to see a doctor

In most cases, adults can treat dehydration by drinking more fluids and resting. For children, elderly persons, and severe cases, it may be necessary to call or see a doctor. Contact a doctor or head to the emergency room if diarrhea or dark, bloody stool occurs, the person seems irritable or sleepy, and is displaying any of the other symptoms of dehydration.

It is important to emphasize health when you or your children take part in physical activities. Drinking water should always be the first priority when any sports are involved. Knowing how to spot symptoms of dehydration can make all the difference in helping yourself, another adult, or a child who may not be drinking enough water. Head to MayoClinic.org to learn more about how to avoid, spot and treat dehydration in children and adults. Now get ready to enjoy the Texas summer (just don’t forget the water)!

If you have donated blood and have any side effects, contact our Donor Advocate at 817-412-5370 and list the symptoms you are feeling. Please remember to drink plenty of fluids before and after each donation.


Events & News, Great.info

Who Won the College Gallon Challenge?

Carter BloodCare College Gallon Challenge does double duty in the community each year, pitting colleges against one another to see who can collect the most gallons of blood at their sanctioned blood drives. Whichever school donates the most, Carter BloodCare donates the same amount of water to a charity of that school’s choice. In its second year, the College Gallon Challenge saw 56 participating drives from 19 schools and universities. Each year, this challenge helps us boost our summer blood supply, and increase awareness among teens and young adults on the importance of being a regular donor.

In the second year of the College Gallon Challenge, we received a total of 247 gallons of donated blood from more than 1,976 donors, meaning we delivered more than 247 gallons of water to the charities selected by our participating schools. Some of the honored community charities included Mission Waco, Frisco Family Services, and SAFE-T Crisis Center in Mount Pleasant. We were pleased to help deliver the water to these deserving charities.

The premise is simple. Schools that want to participate in the College Gallon Challenge contact our recruitment team and set up their drives. Each school is welcome to host as many blood drives as they want, as long as they specify it is for the College Gallon Challenge. Schools have until the end of April to raise awareness and retrieve as many donors as possible to give life to their community. At the end, we measure the amount of gallons each school donated. From there, we give an equal amount of water to a community charity chosen by the school or university. What began as a small challenge at Tyler Junior College has now become a tradition that allows Carter BloodCare to partner with schools in the area to do even more good and affect even more lives.

This year, we added more competition to the event and asked schools to share their experiences on social media to see who could generate the biggest audience. We gave each school its own hashtag to go with the event and asked them to encourage their community to participate in their College Gallon Challenge drives. Although it came close, this year Texas A&M Central Texas came out on top in the social challenge.

This year’s overall winner for blood donations was Tyler Junior College. Their chosen charity, the East Texas Food Bank received 44 gallons of water. We are excited to help these community organizations fulfill their mission to their community and hope to see even more participants in our challenge next year.

For more information on the Carter BloodCare College Gallon Challenge or how you can partner with us to give back to your community, head to CarterBloodCare.org or email bookabloodrive@carterbloodcare.org to give life with your community.


Giving Blood, Great.info

The Stouts: A Family Tradition of Giving Blood

Allan Stout and his daughter Tareyn have been lifelong donors with Carter BloodCare. From making an annual stop at the Lone Star 92.5 KZPS blood drive, to organizing their own blood drives, the Stout family has a strong tradition rooted in giving back to their community. Now, Tareyn is on the other side of the fence, working with iHeart Media to put on the KZPS blood drive, and as always her dad is right there along with her.

When the Stout daughters were young, they were victims of an apartment fire. Despite the loss they went through, Allan made a point to show his girls all the people stepping up to help. He told them that it is always important to try and help others in your community, and often times you don’t have to go out of your way to do so. Allan instilled in his daughters a will to serve others.

 

Whether it is listening to his favorite artists, or supporting their efforts in the community, Allan has been a long-time fan of Lone Star 92.5. But Lone Star’s annual summer blood drives aren’t the only time he gives. No matter where he is, if Allan sees a blood drive, he makes a point to stop and donate blood.

 

Allan told us his love for giving blood began as a military kid, where he constantly saw the daily need. His generosity is a trait that has been passed along to his daughter, Tareyn. Tareyn began giving blood with her dad, before hosting blood drives herself at her high school. Once she graduated high school, Tareyn brought her love of giving into her college sorority, where she spearheaded multiple drives and worked to spread the word to her entire school. Now as a proud team member at iHeart Media, Tareyn is able to relive her childhood memories by taking part in the Lone Star 92.5 drive each year.

 

The Stout family always saw the way giving blood impacted the community. For Allan, he knows that when a disaster happens, affected areas receive a lot of money and supplies, but not enough people willing to give blood. Tareyn knows that while not everyone can give money, we all have it in us to give. For both of them, giving blood is the easiest way to help others and it takes little time out of their day. “It’s something so simple that you can do at your lunch hour,” says Tareyn, “and by doing so there are three people whose lives are changed.”

 

Now, Allan feels pride in his habit of giving, even bringing his donor card to the doctor’s office to prove he is on top of his cholesterol levels. He is proud that his daughter is carrying on his legacy and looks forward to seeing her help the community.

 

Stop by the Lone Star 92.5 KZPS blood drives at the following locations and meet the Stouts for yourself to hear their amazing story.

 

  • o   6/22 – Longhorn Harley-Davidson
  • o   6/23 –Maverick Harley-Davidson
  • o   6/24 – Billy Bob’s
  • o   6/25 – Billy Bob’s
  • o   6/26 – Lone Star Park
  • o   6/27 – Strikz

 

Head to CarterBloodCare.org to learn more about giving blood and to find blood drives coming to your community.