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Winners' Circle and Events

 

 

Benjamin Trieu

 

Winner of the UCLA vs USC Game Tickets.

Ben has always donated blood, but recently starting donating platelets because he loves the fact that he can help more people. He usually donates before going into work and loves the movie selection. This is the first time Ben has won anything and will also be his first football game.

Congratulations to Benjamin Trieu for winning the UCLA vs USC Football Tickets!

 

 

 

Montana Upton

 

Winner of the Theme Park Tickets.

Montana is a student at UCLA in the department of Neuroscience and will be applying to medical school in the near future. She has donated several times to help UCLA patients. She explained that since her dad passed from Leukemia, she has made an effort to help out and donate as much as possible. Montana decided she wanted to go to her favorite place in the world, so she will be going to Disneyland very soon.

  Montana Upton Winner of the Theme Park Tickets

 

 


 

Regina Boland winner of the $75 Amazon gift card.  

Regina Bolan

 

Winner of the $75 Amazon gift card for the week of July 7th - July 12th.

Regina started to donate platelets after picking up an Apheresis information sheet and thought the process sounded interesting. She said "I started to donating whole blood "a hundred years ago"...and started platelet donations in 1985". After the Apheresis unit at the Los Angeles VA closed, Regina called several hospitals because she knew she had to continue donating. She said "UCLA had a perfect setup, and here I am.  I donate platelets every two weeks". She donates for several reasons including the ability to give a second chance at life and because she loves to socialize with the UCLA Blood Center staff at Gayley. Regina said she does all her shopping online and the gift card will definitely help.

 

 

 

 


 

Dyeyell Finney  

 

Winner of the $75 Amazon gift card for the week of June 30th - July 5th.

Dyeyell is studying Anthropology at UCLA. She started donating blood in high school. She continues to donate because she understands the constant need and may need it herself one day. Recently she started donating platelets because even fewer people give them. Dyeyell is going to England in the fall and plans to use the Amazon gift card to buy a backpack for the hiking she will do while there.

    Dyeyell Finney winner of the $75 Amazon gift card.

 

 


 

 

John Guzman winner of the $75 Amazon gift card.  

John Guzman

 

Winner of the $75 Amazon gift card for the week of June 23rd - June 28th.

John has worked for UCLA Housing and Hospitality for 27 years and has contributed almost 100 donations to the Blood & Platelet Center to help patients at UCLA hospitals. John said, "I was told I was O positive, CMV negative and that I was able to donate to new born babies" and he was thrilled. It would be the start of a great commitment to help those most desperately in need. Over the years John has also motivated others in his work area to donate. John states, "Before it was just me donating, now there is a group of about 40-50 of us who donate." John also wanted to thank his supervisor, Riges Mesko, for his continuous support over the years, that has allowed him to donate. John plans on getting guitar books with his Amazon gift card.  

 

 


 

Autographed 2013 UCLA Men's Basketball Jersey Winner

 

 Richard is the winner of the Let The Madness Begin 2013 promotion. He received a framed UCLA Men's Basketball Jersey. Richard has made 149 life-saving donations of blood, platelets and plasma. We truly appreciate your commitment, support, and time Richard. THANK YOU!

 


Autographed 2013 UCLA Men's Basketball Winner

 

Michael is the winner of the Let The Madness Begin 2013 promotion. He received a framed UCLA Men's Basketball. Michael started to donate for the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center in 2012 and has made a total of 8 donations. Thanks you Michael for your blood, platelets and plasma donations!

 


 

Knott's Berry Farm Drawing Winner

Selby is the winner of the two Knott's Berry Farm admission tickets. Selby has donated over 190 units of blood and platelets since 1992. Thank you Selby for your outstanding commitment to helping others. Hope you enjoy your trip to Knott's Berry Farm!

 


Volkswagen City of Angels Fun Ride Donation

Jennifer Minor, Peter Heumann, Hallie Rinderle and Howie Neftin at the City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event. Photo by Kosal Taing

Maria Marsh and Peter Heumann at the City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event. Photo by Kosal Taing

Recognition Frame from the City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event. Photo by Kosal Taing

Dr. Linda Baum at the City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event. Photo by Kosal Taing

For the second consecutive year the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center has been the beneficiary of funds raised by the 2012 Volkswagen City of Angels Fun Ride. The ride begins at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park and continues through greater Los Angeles. This year's 15th annual bicycle ride was the most successful yet, raising $43,500. City of Angels Fun Ride was sponsored by Neftin Volkswagen in Thousand Oaks with help from Pace Sportswear of Garden Grove. Thanks to the amazing Peter Heumann and his family who work to make this happen yearly, the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center has received a combined donation of $73,500 over the past two years. The funds from the Fun Ride will be used to purchase a new box truck, which will be an important tool in the transportation of equipment to blood drives and to our ability to collect blood.

Peter Heumann and Dr. Alyssa Ziman at the City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event. Photo by Kosal Taing

City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event at the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center. Photo by Kosal Taing

City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event at the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center. Photo by Kosal Taing

Pamela Bumerts, Peter Heumann and Linda Goss at the City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event. Photo by Kosal Taing

City of Angels Fun Ride event photo provided by www.coafunride.com

Dr. Scott Binder, Dr. Alyssa Ziman and Peter Heumann at the City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event. Photo by Kosal Taing

Recognition Frames from the City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event. Photo by Kosal Taing

Dr. Linda Baum, Dr. Scott Binder, Dr. Alyssa Ziman, Peter Heumann, Maria Marsh, Howie Neftin, and Pamela Bumerts at the City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event. Photo by Kosal Taing

Linda Goss, Howie Neftin and Cathleen Davidson at the City of Angels Fun Ride Donation Event. Photo by Kosal Taing

 

 Related Links:

1) Westwood-Century City Patch

 


 

Volkswagen City of Angels Fun Ride

On Sunday, April 22, 2012 the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center participated in the 15th Annual Volkswagen City of Angels Fun Ride at the Los Angeles Police Academy. The Fun Ride supported two routes, advanced and recreational, both with LAPD rolling traffic closure. There were over 1000 participants present at the event, which allowed all of them to see Los Angeles in a unique and fun way. The routes offered scenic, cultural and historic sites for riders including Downtown Los Angeles, East LA, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Staples Center, Hollywood, the Coliseum, Griffith Park and many other sites. The profits from the Volkswagen City of Angels Fun Ride will be given to the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center to purchase a new box truck, which will help transport supplies to blood drives. After the ride, friends and family were provided a delicious lunch, a finisher's medal, and an event t-shirt. Some of the participants also went "the extra mile" and donated blood after the ride. Overall the event was a success with friendly volunteers, staff, and participants. Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, volunteers, and organizations that made this event possible.

 

City of Angels Fun Ride event photo provided by Kelly Carroll City of Angels Fun Ride event photo provided by www.coafunride.com City of Angels Fun Ride event photo provided by Kelly Carroll
City of Angels Fun Ride event photo provided by Kelly Carroll City of Angels Fun Ride event photo provided by Kelly Carroll City of Angels Fun Ride event photo provided by Kelly Carroll
City of Angels Fun Ride event photo provided by Kelly Carroll City of Angels Fun Ride event photo provided by Kelly Carroll City of Angels Fun Ride event photo provided by Kelly Carroll

 Related Links:

1) City of Angels Fun Ride

 


 

UCLA PAC-12 Well-U Week

On Tuesday April 17, 2012 the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center participated in the PAC-12 Well-U Week. The PAC-12 Well-U Week event allowed participants to be part of on-campus events that helped evaluate various components of their health and wellbeing. The event offered free fitness classes, green event planning workshops, fitness improvement activities, stress reduction recommendations and information about the benefits of donating blood for UCLA.

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Related Links:

1) UCLA Recreation

 

 


 

Kelly CWinner of the Flyer Contest for the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center 2012hu: Winner of the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center 2012 Flyer Contest

 About Kelly Chu

 "I am currently a freshman majoring in Design | Media Arts and I am genuinely enjoying my studies here at UCLA. Originally from the Bay Area, I consider the art programs at my high school in Walnut Creek, Northgate High, and the San Francisco YMCA as the nurturers of my creative gifts. Coming into UCLA I have won national and regional awards from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as well as scholarship awards from the Growing Up Asian in America Art & Writing Awards. My work has also been exhibited at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and Zeum: San Francisco's Children's Museum. Most recently at UCLA, my work was a part of the 2012 Design | Media Arts Undergraduate Exhibition in the Wight Gallery, Broad Art Center. I was later selected as one of the 2012 Undergraduate Exhibition Scholarship Award winners."

 

Why did you decide to participate in the contest?

"As my work began to mature, I found interest in public health and consumerism related issues. My interest in health and nutrition largely encouraged me to participate in designing graphics for the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center. This opportunity has truly assured me that I could merge both of my interests in a way that benefits the larger community. As a way to both pursue my interest in health and broaden my studies here at UCLA, I intend to minor in Public Health."

What was your inspiration to make the flyer/poster?

"While I was designing the blood drive flyers and posters, I imagined the thought process of prospective donors. I believe many would agree that blood drive flyers are common residents on walls and bulletin boards; they are literal, to-the-point, and informational. Thus, I strived to create flyers that would appear more visually appealing and inviting to viewers but kept the vital information easy to read and stayed true to the purpose of the flyers."

 

 


 

UCLA I Heart Walking 2012

UCLA Blood & Platelet Center participating at the UCLA I Heart Walking 2012

Participants of the UCLA I Heart Walking 2012

Participants of the UCLA I Heart Walking 2012

On February 15, 2012 the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center took part in the "I Heart Walking" event. The event encourages UCLA staff and faculty to step out of their work areas and walk to improve their personal health and the environment.  The UCLA Blood & Platelet Center provided water and other drinks to hydrate the walkers as they made their way through Westwood Village and to inform them of the Centers' locations and answer questions about blood and platelet donations.

 


Meet Donovan Ho!Donovan Ho at the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center Donor Recognition Luncheon

"Thank you for saving my life"

In early 2010, Donovan Ho was diagnosed with myocardial myopathy, a condition in which weak heart muscles cause the organ to expand. Donovan was told he would need a heart transplant.  While Donovan waited for the transplant, he was placed on an assist device. The assist device used platelets, which allowed Donovan to remain stable while he waited for the heart transplant. Donovan had his heart transplant surgery in March 2010, which used a total of 72 units of blood, platelets, and plasma.

On January 27, 2012 at the Annual Donor Recognition Luncheon, Donovan Ho was given the opportunity to meet 11 of the donors that helped save his life. The donors ranged in age, ethnicity, and professions. The Donor Recognition Luncheon focused on bringing together Donovan and his donors and giving him the opportunity to personally thank them.

It is unusual for donors to meet the recipient because of confidentiality laws. The UCLA Blood & Platelet Center made it possible after an extensive series of consent forms for the donors and the recipient. The annual event emphasizes the impact blood and platelet donors make each time they donate.

During the 8th Annual Donor Recognition Luncheon, Donovan said "It's people like you who continue to donate blood, allow people like me to stay alive and livelong happy and productive lives..." when speaking to Bonnie Rejaei, Dr. Josephine Isabel-Jones, Patrick Denny, Danny Varzi, Dan Le, John Manion, Daniel Goodman, Tony Kostas, Sean Holland Ross Carmichael, and Kevin Ellis, the 11 donors who he described as his "unsung heroes."

 

Donovan Ho and the 11 Donors that helped saved his life at the Donor Recognition Luncheon Donovan Ho with Dr. Alejos and Dr. Ziman at the Donor Recognition Luncheon The Ho Family at the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center Donor Recognition Luncheon

Related Links:

1) UCLA Daily Bruin

2) UCLA TODAY

3) Ventura County Star 

4) KTLA 5  

 

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