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Free Mets tickets for blood donors


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BENJAMIN FANG

Bayside Assemblyman Edward Braunstein is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Aug. 14 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center on 212th Street and 26th Avenue.

“Every donation helps to save up to three lives,” Braunstein said. “Our hospitals are in need of your help, so I hope you will take the time to share this lifesaving gift.”

Each donor will receive two Mets tickets by mail, thanks to the New York Blood Center.

To be eligible, donors have to be between the ages of 16 and 75, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have any new tattoos within the last year.

Donors are asked to drink fluids before arriving and to bring photo ID.

For more information, contact Braunstein’s office at 718-357-3588.

 

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Donate blood and get free tickets to the game


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Sports fans and good Samaritans can help save lives and earn free game tickets at the same time by donating at local blood drives.

Give blood and enter for a chance to win Super Bowl tickets

The Warren Ackermann Memorial Blood Drive will take place at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard on Saturday, July 27.

To schedule an appointment, please call Dolores Rosato (718) 847-1694 or Eric Ackermann (718) 441-5727. Walk-ins are welcome. No Social Security number, photo or signature ID required.

All donors to the New York Blood Center between now and January 17th, 2014 will be entered into a sweepstakes for one pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII (valued at $2,500).

Donate blood and receive Mets tickets

Assemblymember Ed Braunstein and the New York Blood Center will host a blood drive on August 15 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bay Terrace shopping center.

“Every donation helps to save up to three lives,” Braunstein said. “Our hospitals are in need of your help, so I hope you will take the time to share this lifesaving gift.”

Donors ages 16 to 75 need to have photo identification and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Each will be mailed a pair of tickets to a Mets game this year, courtesy of the New York Blood Center.

The shopping center can be found at 212th Street and 26th Avenue. To schedule an appointment, call 718-357-3588.

 

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Donate blood and receive free Mets tickets


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On Tuesday, August 21, there will be a blood drive at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, where donors will receive free Mets tickets.

The drive, organized by the New York Blood Center and Councilmember Dan Halloran, will take place from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. at 211-39 26th Avenue in Bay Terrace.

To make an appointment, visit www.nybc.org.

Mount Sinai Queens blood drive June 28


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On Thursday June 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,  Mount Sinai Queen and the New York Blood Center (NYBC) will hold a blood drive. NYBC’s mobile donor coach will be parked outside the entrance of the hospital at 25-10 30th Avenue in Long Island City.

“Summer is crunch time for us,” said NYBC Vice President Rob Purvis. “Potential donors go on vacation and the school term ends. We’re asking people to schedule a blood donation along with their other summer plans.”

No appointment is necessary. Donors should make sure they eat and drink plenty fluids before donating.

 

 

‘Model’ kid turned her cancer into her cause


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Soon you’ll be seeing a lot more of Carly Rose Nieves.

The 16 year old from Middle Village, who her mom calls “not your typical teenager” will soon be emblazoned on the fleet of 75 vehicles for the New York Blood Center (NYBC).

Part of the NYBC’s “rebranding campaign,” Nieves, a freshman at Christ the King High School (CTK), was one of eight from the greater New York area who sat for a photo shoot on March 31.

“It was fun, they were such nice people,” said the teen, who admitted she was “a little bit nervous at first.”

What sets Nieves apart, said her mom, is her heart.

Battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) — a cancer of the white blood cells that normally fight infections — since she was seven, Nieves received blood transfusions and underwent two years of intensive chemotherapy. Then, at age 12, she suffered a relapse of ALL. The relapse placed her in the high-risk category, which required additional intensive, high-dose chemotherapy.

Now Nieves — who regrew a full head of hair following the chemo — has been out of treatment for a little over a year and is in remission.

Her focus is school — she plans to pursue American Sign Language in college, since it’s her favorite subject — and helping others, as it has always been.

“She’s living and loving life,” said mom Lisa Cangialosi-Horner. “She is so selfless, she’s just amazing.”

While Nieves was fighting her own battle, she was also working to help the friends she made in the hospital, others who are ill — and to spread awareness about how important and easy it is to register and donate blood.

“I feel like I’ve always wanted to help,” said Nieves. “But after relapsing you look at things differently, It’s sad that there are kids suffering and spending half their lives in the hospital.”

To that end, the family has organized numerous blood drives at CTK and has raised thousands for Friends of Karen — an organization that supports critically-ill children and their families.

“She helped us regain entry to Christ the King,” said Harvey Schaffler, executive director of donor marketing for NYBC. “Now we have blood drives there twice a year.”

“I’m very proud of Carly, she’s an amazingly strong young woman,” said Cangialosi-Horner. “She thinks of others before herself, and she’s always thinking and praying for her friends in the hospital.”

Schaffler explained that the new campaign has received “enormously positive feedback” so far because “what really resonates for donors is envisioning the people they help.”

So Nieves’ image, along with the others featured — set to roll out by the summer — will not only draw attention to her own fight, but to that of those still in need of help.

For Nieves, who turned her cancer into her cause, seeing herself on a moving vehicle may be a little daunting at first.

“I may feel like a celebrity, but I’ll still probaly be in shock,” she admitted.

For more information about becoming a marrow donor, call 1-800-MARROW-2. It’s a simple process that takes just a few minutes of paperwork and a cheek swab.

To learn more about Friends of Karen, which will be hosting a gala fundraiser on August 2 at the Inn at New Hyde Park, go to www.friendsofkaren.org.