Vitalant Thanksgiving donors hear the sweet sound of saving lives

Photo courtesy Phoenix Symphony

Late conductor Hermann Michael  was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and was treated with chemotherapy and blood transfusions every few days.

Vitalant donors will “Hear the Sweet Sound of Saving Lives” when they give blood Nov. 16 to 30 at any donor center or blood drive across the Valley, compliments of the Phoenix Symphony. 
In appreciation for saving lives around Thanksgiving, all blood donors will receive a voucher for one ticket to a Phoenix Symphony performance. Being the longest extended holiday weekend of the year, the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most difficult times to ensure Arizona patients have an ample supply of lifesaving blood transfusions.
To make a blood donation appointment, call 877-258-4825 (877-25-VITAL) or visit www.BloodHero.com and enter your city or ZIP code.
The Phoenix Symphony’s partnership with Vitalant was inspired when its late maestro, Hermann Michael, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a disease that affected his body’s ability to produce blood cells. Doctors treated him with chemotherapy and blood transfusions every few days.  Maestro Michael was grateful that blood was there for him when he needed it and shared his story with the public to inspire increased donations. 
“This disease strikes only one person in three million,” he told The Arizona Republic when he was diagnosed in 1999. “See how special I am?” 
Although the maestro succumbed to his blood disease six years later, the Phoenix Symphony’s annual tradition of saving lives every Thanksgiving holiday continues.
Since the Thanksgiving partnership was established with the Phoenix Symphony in 2002, the annual campaign has grown to become one of Vitalant’s most popular and has inspired more than 72,000 people to donate blood. 
“As we celebrate our health and well-being with family, it is important to remember that patients are relying on a plentiful blood supply so that they can celebrate another holiday with their families as well,” Senior Director of Donor Recruitment for Vitalant’s Southwest Division Sid Lewis said.

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