The Wayman family (left) with their new addition, and the Pomelow family (right) welcomed more than 40 donors to the third annual Baby Jayden Blood Drive.
Cascade Regional Blood Services hosted the third annual Baby Jayden Blood Drive at its Federal Way Donor Center on October 29 in memory of Jayden Wayman, who was killed by a drunk driver at three months old. The drive is held annually on his birthday. Jayden received blood transfusions during his treatment at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. While he did not survive, he helped save other lives through his family’s donation of his organs. This year’s drive was especially poignant because just days before the blood drive, the Wayman’s welcomed Jaxton, a healthy baby boy, into their family.
More than 40 friends, family and community members came to CRBS’ Federal Way Donor Center to donate blood in honor of Jayden. Donors also got to see Aliyah Pomelow, who received Jayden’s heart when she was two months old. She is now nearly three years old and in great health.
Many thanks to all the donors who came out to donate in honor of Baby Jayden. Donations to CRBS directly support St. Francis Hospital and other Franciscan Health System and MultiCare Health System hospitals and clinics in South King and Pierce Counties.
58th Worldwide Blood Drive
Members from the World Mission Society Church of God came from across the state to donate blood at Cascade Regional Blood Services’ Federal Way Donor Center on Sunday, March 4. They had a fantastic turn out for their Passover blood drive, registering 57 donors! Special thanks to Kristy Burkholder, blood drive coordinator and Pete Uchil, missionary, for their commitment and enthusiastic support. The blood collected by CRBS during this drive directly supports patients in our community hospitals and clinics. BLOOD DONORS SAVE LIVES
Safeway Distribution Center—Auburn held its second blood drive of the year on December 15, 2011, and had a huge turnout with 120 employees coming by to donate! This drive follows up Safeway DC's first-ever blood drive with CRBS on June 7, 2011, which was also extremely successful. The timing of this drive had a big impact on the blood supply prior to the long holiday season, when attracting donors is more challenging than normal.
Employees consider the drive a convenient opportunity to donate and give back to the communities they live and work in. CRBS is proud to partner with Safeway Distribution Center—Auburn and is very thankful for the support it have provided. We look forward to next year’s blood drives. Working with the fantastic drive coordinator, Scott Anderson, and the rest of the crew is a great experience and a lot of fun!
Jon Wayman donates blood in honor of his son, Jayden, who was killed by a drunk driver at three months old.
Cascade Regional Blood Services hosted a dedicated blood drive at its Federal Way Donor Center on October 29 in memory of Jayden Wayman, who was killed by a drunk driver at three months old. Jayden received blood transfusions during his treatment at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. While he did not survive, he helped save other lives through his family’s donation of his organs.
Jayden’s parents, Karla and Jon, wanted to do something special to further give back to our community in his memory. Since his death in January 2010, they have coordinated and sponsored a drive each year on his birthday, October 29. They invite family, friends and community members to gather and donate blood in his honor and have a fun celebration at our Federal Way Donor Center. This year was another amazingly successful drive. Forty-six donors, including police officers who worked on Jayden’s case, came by to donate blood, remember Jayden and help save many more lives.
Kate and Aliyah Pomelow (left) smile for a picture with Karla, Katana and Jon Waymen. Aliyah received Jayden's heart when she was two months old.
One family that participated in the drive had a special connection to Jayden. Aliyah Pomelow received Jayden’s heart when she was two months old. Aliyah is now nearly two years old and a healthy, active little girl. She and her mother, Kate, came out to the drive to support the effort and remember Jayden.
Donors received t-shirts from CRBS, raffle prizes, enjoyed some good food and a fun day together. Thank you to Karla and Jon Wayman for their heartfelt contributions and all they have done to help provide for others in our community.
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Siblings Adraine Hilstad, Brittany Vanderberg and Jed Williams came to CRBS' Tacoma Donor Center to celebrate Brittany's 24th birthday by donating blood.
For frequent blood donor Brittany Vandeberg, Oct. 27 was a day of birthday cake, presents and blood. She decided that her 24th birthday was not so much a reason to party, but a reason to save lives. Not really in the mood to celebrate, and knowing the need for blood in community hospitals, Vandeberg tried something different. “Why not skip the party and give blood?” she said. So she invited some friends and family to come to Cascade Regional Blood Services on her birthday to donate.
She arrived with her mother, Chris Hilstad, brother, Jed Williams, and sister, Adriane Hilstad, to give blood. While mom had not donated in a number of years, all three siblings are veteran blood donors, which made the birthday donation no sweat.
CRBS is deeply thankful for its dedicated donors like Brittany and her family. We welcome birthday parties, anniversaries and any other life celebrations at CRBS. We’ll even provide the cookies and juice.
Malachi Hoyt, 16, finishes up his second-ever blood donation.
When we think of family outings, we often think of visits to the zoo or a day at the beach. But every 56 days, one Tacoma family’s outing involves a trip to Cascade Regional Blood Services. Debie Leelyn, her boyfriend Wayne Burton, her two nephews Chaz and Malachi Hoyt and niece Malia Hoyt returned to the Tacoma Donor Center Sept. 29 so each could donate.
Leelyn became a donor about five years ago, and two years ago, when Chaz turned 16, he started coming with her. Malachi and Malia followed suit and are on their way to becoming regular donors like their aunt and brother.
“I was really proud of the kids,” Leelyn said of their desire to give blood. “They couldn’t wait.”
CRBS deeply appreciates its regular donors like Leelyn and her family. Cascade depends upon such dedication to keep the community blood supply stocked. Blood donors are truly life savers.
New Blood Buddies Grace Nirschl and Margie Skousen donate at the CRBS Puyallup Donor Center! When Grace Nirschl (3 galloneer) comes in to donate blood, she always asks the people around her to join her. A few weeks ago, Margie Skousen said, “YES!” This was Margie’s first time donating blood. After their donations were complete, the two ladies chatted in the Refreshment Center and started making plans to bring their husbands for a double donation and lunch date! Special thanks to Grace for your numerous donations and for encouraging others to donate and to Margie for saying yes. We look forward to seeing you (and your husbands) for your next donation!
Thank you to the CRBS Angels, Courtney, Annalise, Kenna and Miranda, for sponsoring a blood drive at the Cascade Regional Blood Services Federal Way Donor Center during their school break. The angels recruited fellow students from Todd Beamer High School, their friends and family to come and donate blood to help our community hospitals during the long holiday period. It was a fun day; they visited with their friends, ate pizza, cookies and juice. But most importantly, they helped to save lives locally. We registered 22 donors!
On October 29, 2010, Cascade Regional Blood Services held a dedicated blood drive at their Federal Way Donor Center in memory of Jayden Wayman, who was killed by a drunk driver at three months old. Jayden received blood transfusions during his treatment after the accident. While he did not survive, he was able to help save the lives of three other people through his family’s generous donation of his organs.
His parents, Karla and Jon, wanted to do something special to continue giving back to our community in memory of Jayden. On October 29, Jayden’s birthday, they coordinated and sponsored this drive for family, friends and community members to donate blood in his honor. It was a very successful day, with 47 donors coming by to donate and remember Jayden. Because of their efforts, many more lives will be saved.
Thank you to Karla and Jon Wayman for their heartfelt contributions and all they have done to help provide for others in our community.
The Boerger Family
Richard Boerger began donating blood with his family, just days after his sixteenth birthday in October 2006. Two years later, Richard was diagnosed with leukemia, a form of blood cancer characterized by the increase of white blood cells, which prevents him from being able to donate blood again.
It is easy to understand how this devastating news crushed Richard and his entire family. Over the past several years, the Boerger family has been deeply affected by cancer with seven different types of cancer having touched multiple family members. Because Richard had become so committed to donating blood regularly and was only one donation away from reaching his one gallon donation mark, his family and friends began a group donation to honor his strength and passion for blood donation and to support his commitment.
The Boerger family and friends have become blood donation advocates and regular blood donors at our Puyallup Donor Center. They show their support for Richard and their fight against cancer by donating as a group every 56 days.