In recent years, nearly 20 percent of InventHelp employees have donated blood at the companies blood drives, and many of the participants had one special little boy in mind when they showed up to donate.
Connor Behr, the son of an InventHelp employee, Kimberly Behr, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on September 18, 2008. When he was diagnosed, Connor had to undergo many procedures, including blood transfusions. The Behr family is thankful to those who have been willing to donate lifesaving blood over the years. "There are so many people out there that benefit from blood donations, which is why we are so thankful to the InventHelp employees for taking part in blood drives," said Kimberly Behr. "Our son is now six years old, healthy and happy, but he was just one of many who relied on blood transfusions to stay well."
To prepare for the arrival of Central Blood Bank technicians, InventHelp recruits team leaders from different departments within the organization. The leaders are charged with the task of encouraging and motivating people to sign up to give blood in the weeks leading up to the blood drive. By the time the day of the drive rolls around, InventHelp already has a list of employees with assigned times to give blood. And, of course, walk-ins are welcome, too. Returning team leader Susan Rich said knowing Connor motivated her to work even harder to recruit participants. "I always volunteer for the InventHelp blood drive. I know how important it is to get as many people involved as we can," said Rich.
Established in 1951, Central Blood Bank is a Pittsburgh-based not-for-profit organization providing blood products and related transfusion services to more than 40 hospitals in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania, as well as selected communities in northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.
Several other InventHelp employees know firsthand the importance of blood donations. When longtime InventHelp employee Livia Bebing was diagnosed with myelodysplasia several years ago, she needed blood transfusions on a regular basis. Over the course of four years, she received nearly 200 transfusions before treatments helped put her in remission.
"The Blood Bank says, 'Donating Blood Saves Lives,' and that could not be more true," says Bebing. "A lot of people wouldn't be here if no one gave blood. Whenever we needed it, it was there and we couldn't be more thankful to those who gave their time. That donation always makes a big difference."
Stories like Connor and Livia's, as well as those of friends and family members, inspire InventHelp employees to participate in the company's annual blood drive with Central Blood Bank. For more information about Central Blood Bank, visit www.centralbloodbank.org or call 1-866-DONORS-1 to schedule an appointment.