Cancer patients receive about a third of all blood donations. With that in mind, Michigan Blood is teaming up with Blue Care Network for its sixth consecutive year to help Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and Gilda’s LaughFest by hosting blood drives beginning tomorrow, Monday, February 19 and 26.

Gilda’s Club provides cancer and grief support for people across West Michigan, just as Michigan Blood provides blood and Blue Care Network provides care,” said Wendy Wigger, president of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. “Through these blood drives, we’ll not only be saving lives, but providing much-needed support for our organization.”

That’s because for every person who attempts to donate blood during these drives, Blue Care Network will donate $10 toward LaughFest’s High Five campaign. That campaign supports the programs Gilda’s Club provides for free. (Individuals interested in donating directly to the High Five campaign may do so at

Anyone who attempts to donate blood at a LaughFest drive will also receive an exclusive Silipint glass or t-shirt, a High Five pin, and be entered to win free tickets to see one of the comedy festival’s shows. Additionally, comedians from across the state will be performing for donors at the Grand Rapids Donor Center on Feb. 26.

You can donate blood at these two sites:

Lowell Area Donor Site
King Memorial Youth Center
225 S Hudson Street
Monday, Feb. 19, 2 – 7 p.m.

Grand Rapids Donor Center
1036 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids
Monday, Feb. 26, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Appointments to donate blood are encouraged. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663), text MIBLOOD to 444999, or schedule online at

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