Lincoln County Hosts a Number of Blood Drives in the Month of April 2013

National Donate Life Month

April is Organ Donor Month.  Certainly a cause near and dear to my heart.  My father lived his adult life in need of kidney transplant.  After numerous childhood surgeries, his kidneys stopped working altogether.

He visited Charlotte, NC from Lake Norman three times a week for dialysis.  At one time, he was the oldest living recipient of dialysis in the Charlotte area.  I wanted to give him a kidney.  We shared the same blood type, but it was never a good match.

dialysis

Regardless of the stress and pain from enduring dialysis and the general breakdown of his body over the years, he still maintained a cheery attitude.  He loved to play cards and when he had the ability loved Lake Norman and to work on the boats that traveled along it’s shores.  I recall much time spent at Midway Marina off Hwy 150.

midway

I can tell you after losing many family members to failing organs, that blood will always be a need.  Easy donated by us, but desperately needed by many.  As April approaches, please take a moment out of your schedule to visit one of the many places opening their doors to allow for Blood Donations this month.

The local paper provided the following information:

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold several blood drives in April.

They include:

• April 6, 9 a.m.-1p.m. at Covenant Bible Church, 2168 Gastonia Hwy., Lincolnton

• April 8, 4-7 p.m. at Denver Fire Department, 3956 N.C. 16 N., Denver

• April 9, 1-5 p.m. at Practical Nursing Student Association at Gaston College – Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St., Lincolnton

• April 12, noon-3p.m. at Sabo USA Inc, 1001 Lincoln County Pkwy., Lincolnton

• April 12, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at East Lincoln High School, 6471 N.C. 73, Denver

• April 17, 4-7 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 216 S. Aspen St., Lincolnton

• April 22, 4-7 p.m. at Lake Norman Lutheran Church, 1455 N.C. 16 N., Denver

April is Organ Transplant Month. An average of 79 people receive organ transplants daily. Every transplant procedure requires a blood transfusion of several units of blood, but the blood must be compatible.

Blood donors must weigh at least 120 pounds.

Call 704-972-4700 or visit http://www.carolinadonor.org to make an appointment at any location.

More public drives can be found at Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ website, http://www.cbcc.us.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is a nonprofit community-based blood center and the primary blood supplier to 19 regional hospitals, serving patients who live in 16 North Carolina counties and three South Carolina counties.

For more information, visit OrganDonor.gov.

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About Michelle Nantz

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional: integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional network ~ all of which are hallmarks of Michelle Nantz. In 2003, Michelle began her career in real estate, after a successful career in restaurant and hotel management with her last position as Regional Director of Operations running 56 hotels throughout two states. She owes her success in real estate and management to her expertise in people skills, managing, negotiating, and follow-up. However, it is Michelle’s dedication to quality service that she ultimately credits her success. Michelle shared, “In my experience as a Lake Norman real estate professional, I’ve found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to their needs.” This “client first” philosophy combined with continual personal improvement and keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies is a cornerstone of both Michelle’s and Lake Norman Realty’s business philosophy. In addition to Michelle’s extensive real estate education and her experience in the local market, she is also an Accredited Staging Professional®, which brings additional value to marketing her clients’ homes. Michelle and her family have made the Lake Norman area their home for over 10 years. In her rare leisure moments, you’ll find Michelle with her three children and husband, or unwinding with gardening or reading. “I live and work in this community and only have the best interests of our community and its members in mind,” says Michelle. Her community activities include participation in Denver Days, Relay for Life and support for Christian Ministries and area schools.
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