REASONS TO GIVE: From left, Meredith Wentworth, marketing specialist in the MGH Blood Donor Center, with Delaney and Sogolow
Mary Brown and her husband of 36 years have a standing lunch date. For the past 10 years, the administrative assistant in the Case Management Support Unit has joined her husband at the MGH Blood Donor Center to make their quarterly blood donation before sharing a lunch of crackers and juice – all they need, knowing that they have done something to help someone else.
“It’s so easy, and there are just so many reasons to give,” Brown says of her family’s commitment, which extends to their two daughters who also are regular donors. “Many years ago my father was in the hospital after having major surgery, and he lost a lot of blood. The donations he received from someone made it possible for him to be here today, and this is my little way of doing the same for someone else.”
Brown was one of 115 MGHers honored for donating at least four times during the past year at the 2012 Employee Blood Donor Recognition Breakfast on Nov. 6. “This is a great group that is really near and dear to my heart,” says Kim Cronin, manager of MGH Donor Services. “You have all made the time and effort on a regular basis to help all of our patients, and it’s because of you that we see true miracles happen here at the MGH every single day.”
Family also plays a key role for Andrew Sogolow, senior generalist in Partners Human Resources at the Charlestown Navy Yard, who was honored as this year’s top employee whole blood donor. “My father and my uncle gave over 10 gallons each,” Sogolow says. “It’s in their honor that I carry on the tradition and donate. It’s far easier than you can even imagine, and I feel great afterward.”
In addition, Paul Delaney, a technician in the Radiation Safety Department, received special recognition during the ceremony for being the top employee platelet donor. For Delaney, donating has simply become part of his routine since first hearing about the MGH Blood Donor Center at the new employee orientation in 2005. “I’d only donated once or twice before – but I thought, ‘Why not? I think I can give that much,’” says Delaney, who after his first whole blood donation began to donate platelets. “It’s just such an easy process.”
For more information about the MGH Blood Donor Center, visit the center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MGHBloodDonor or call 617-726-8177.
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