As the saying goes, “laughter is good medicine” and Michigan Blood, in partnership with Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, Gilda’s LaughFest, Blue Care Network of Michigan, and The Wege Foundation, are out to prove it. Together, they will host a special day long blood drive on Monday, March 4th, to support the children and adults of all ages who turn to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids  

to find support during their journey with cancer or grief and, true to their namesake Gilda Radner, find ways to laugh along the way.
From 8 am to 7 p.m. at Michigan Blood, 1036 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids (South of Leonard, north of I-196 interchange) you'll have an opportunity to really make a difference by donating blood.
To make the day even more special,  Blue Care Network of Michigan will make a $10 donation to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ High Five Children’s Grief Program for every person who attempts to donate during the special event.  And, in addition, the Wege Foundation will match the amount raised, providing further support for grieving children who need to find their smile in the midst of what they are experiencing.  And, if that's not enough, all participants will be entered to win LaughFest tickets to:
• The Shaquille O’Neil Presents: All Star Comedy Jam -- March 8, 2013
• Justin Willman, March 16, 2013 (Family Friendly Comedy and Magic)
• Gary Valentine – March 17, 2013
• Best of the Midwest Competition, March 14, 2013 – 10 comedians compete for $2500 prize
Cancer patients often need red blood and platelet transfusions to help counter the effects of their treatment and their loved ones often ask how they can help. By supporting the blood drive, you'll be able to help cancer patients at all of our local hospitals, and a financial gift will be made in their name to Gilda’s Club’s High Five Children’s Grief program.  Plus, you may win some great LaughFest tickets. It’s a win-win-win for all … as Gilda's Club  says, ‘we’re in this together.’
To donate blood, you must be 17 years of age (16 with parent or guardian permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, and pass the health screening. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments are preferred for donors’ convenience. To schedule an appointment, call 1-866.233.miblood (642-5663), or online at

For more information about Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, click HERE.
For the LaughFest line up (March 7 – 17), click HERE.