All In: Donor Gives Blood and Estate

by Gary Lynch, director of Development & Sustainability

James Hellams, loyal platelet donor“I’m a platelet donor, but I don’t feel at ease without a knife or fork,” quipped James Hellams, OKC. His enthusiasm for our life-saving mission has driven him to give 71 gallons (and counting). That’s about 568 times in a donor chair. That’s plenty of time to become renowned as the ‘class clown’ of the central OKC donor center! Now, James is taking his commitment even further. He has designated Oklahoma Blood Institute as the sole beneficiary of his estate.

James has no immediate family, yet wants to be sure he leaves a legacy with the sizeable estate he has been fortunate enough to accumulate. James’ faith has profoundly influenced his belief in the sanctity of life, and leaving his entire estate to Oklahoma Blood Institute manifests that belief.

Our Legacy Society honors financial contributors who include Oklahoma Blood Institute in their estate plans. James will be listed among these generous contributors. Learn about the various ways you can support our life-saving mission.

New Mother Saved, Thanks to Donors

By Sunshine Wingfield, Community Relations Intern

Bryan and Katy Roybal could not have been more excited as the couple welcomed its first child into the world: a precious baby girl named Jane. But only a short time after delivery, Bryan noticed his wife seemed pale and shaky.

Katy Roybal and familyBryan says it quickly went from being the best day of his life to the worst as he watched Katy fight for her life. Doctors discovered Katy was hemorrhaging, and she was immediately rushed to surgery. The procedure did not effectively stop the bleeding, and Katy hemorrhaged a second time. She then underwent an emergency hysterectomy. In total, she needed 22 units of blood plus platelets.

I shudder to think about what would have happened if there hadn’t been blood available,” Katy said. “Without those who donated, my daughter would not have her mother, and my husband would be raising Jane alone.”

Having almost lost his wife in 2011, Bryan was inspired to become a blood donor. “I plan on giving regularly now,” he said.

“We are grateful to all the people who gave blood and saved my life,” said Katy. “They have given our family a second chance.”

Schedule your life-saving donation at a donor center or a mobile drive near you!

What if I get a message that says I don’t have the correct browser?

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Add obi.org in the Compatibility View settings if you are using Internet Explorer 11.


While staying on the obi.org website, go to Tools (the gear-looking icon in the upper right corner).  Click on the Compatibility View settings.


Ensure it says ‘obi.org’ in the field labeled, ‘Add this website:’ Click ‘Add.’  Click ‘Close’. Now, return to the “Before You Proceed” page, and read on.
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Before You Use Donor EXPRESS

***KATHY’S SUGGESTED WORDING***
Carefully verify you have the required systems BEFORE YOU PROCEED to make this online tool work for you. If you are not able to use Donor EXPRESS, please come in to donate anyway!  Your blood donation is needed, and you will be able to answer the questionnaire when you arrive, so don’t hesitate!

REQUIRED SYSTEMS:
Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or greater. Donor EXPRESS presently does not work on Mac operating systems, Google Chrome or on mobile devices.

Internet Explorer 11 was released in November 2013.  Your system may have updated without your knowledge.  If you have Internet Explorer 11 and get a message that says “You must use Internet Explorer 6 or greater or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or greater”, you will need to add obi.org in your Compatibility View settings. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Adobe Reader 9.4 or newer with in-browser plug-ins and pop-ups enabled. If not, download a free copy.

A laser or high quality ink jet printerAfter completing the questionnaire, you will print your Donor EXPRESS form and bring it and a photo ID when you come in to donate. The form will contain your name, date of birth and a series of bar codes that encode your responses to the pre-donation health questionnaire. Your answers online are not stored or transmitted to your donor record. The bar code and other type must be able to be clearly read on your printed page.

All boxes must be checked to enable the “Start Questionnaire” button.

THE QUESTIONNAIRE WILL BE HERE ON THE ACTUAL PAGE.

Carefully verify all points below BEFORE YOU PROCEED to make this online tool work for you:

If you use Internet Explorer, you will likely need to add obi.org in your Compatibility View settings.

Click here for the quick steps.

Do you have a Windows operating system using Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or newer? Donor EXPRESS will not work with older versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Donor EXPRESS presently does not work on Mac operating systems, Google Chrome or on mobile devices.  We are hopeful this will change in the future.

Do you have Adobe Reader 9.4 or newer with in-browser plug-ins and pop-ups enabled?  If not, download a free copy.

Do you have a laser or high quality ink jet printer?  The bar code and other type must be able to be clearly read on your printed page.

If you are not able to get Donor EXPRESS to work, please come in to donate anyway!  Your blood donation is needed, and you will be able to answer the questionnaire when you arrive. 


Be Sure To:

  • Scroll down the page to answer the questions.
  • Review and verify your responses.
  • Print your Donor EXPRESS form and bring it and a photo ID when you come in to donate. The form will contain your name, date of birth and a series of bar codes that encode your responses to the pre-donation health questionnaire. Your answers online are not stored or transmitted to your donor record.

All boxes must be checked to enable the “Start Questionnaire” button.

Let’s get started! Please verify:

THE QUESTIONNAIRE WILL BE HERE ON THE ACTUAL PAGE.

Mother’s Milk Bank - Another Way To Do Good

Last year, we welcomed a new neighbor to the third floor of our headquarters building in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank’s (OMMB) mission is complementary to ours, and its leaders liked our ability to support their laboratory testing and refrigeration needs.

The Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank was founded in 2011, to provide volunteer donor milk to preterm or very ill babies hospitalized in Oklahoma and surrounding states when their own mother’s milk is not available. It is one of only 14 operational nonprofit milk banks with the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of preterm births in the nation, with one in seven babies born prematurely. Human milk greatly improves the health and growth of these babies.

The Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank gratefully accepts donor human milk from fully screened, healthy breastfeeding mothers.

For more information, contact the Oklahoma Mother’s Milk Bank’s clinical director, Keri Hale, R.D., IDCLC, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 405-297-5683.


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Giving is a Privilege

By Gary Lynch, Director of Development and Sustainability

Every year, my wife and I sit down to talk about the charities we want to support financially and how much we want to give. There are two we commit to annually plus our church. Then, we pick another two or three that we feel do good work. We consider, as do many Oklahomans, charitable giving not only an obligation but a privilege. We are proud to be able to help, and we are humbled that the little we give can make such a difference. When we make our decisions, we weigh a lot of factors, but ultimately, we give to organizations we feel have the greatest impact on society. After all, charities are created to help communities.

Oklahoma Blood Institute was created with that exact intent. Helping society is in our mission statement; it inspires every one of our 700-plus employees daily, and it has allowed us to expand into portions of Texas and Arkansas; it’s what we do. Our state and communities are better places because of Oklahoma Blood Institute, and its impact on the families is immeasurable. I hope you will keep this in mind, and consider giving financially to Oklahoma Blood Institute when deciding which charities you want to support. Every dollar we receive in charitable donations goes toward making a life-saving impact on our society and is tax deductible as an added bonus.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to Oklahoma Blood Institute, contact Gary Lynch at 405-297-5545.


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Welcome New Board Members

Board memberJim Marvel and Myron L. Pope, Ph.D., have been named to the Board of Directors of Oklahoma Blood Institute. Marvel is vice president of Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company and was recently named president of the Oklahoma Beverage Association. He has worked with Coca-Cola for 25 years in roles that have allowed him to gain leadership experience in sales, marketing, operations and shared services.

Dr. Pope is University of Central Oklahoma’s vice president of Enrollment Management and interim assistant vice president of Student Affairs. He has worked at the University of Alabama and University of Oklahoma in faculty and administrative roles. He serves on the regional and national levels of many professional organizations involved with higher education. Board memberPope is already active on several community boards including the Edmond Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA.

“Welcoming Jim and Myron to the OBI Board is a sincere pleasure,” said Dr. Armitage, Blood Institute president and CEO. “Getting to know Jim, we quickly recognized the value he could bring as a board member in supporting our mission of providing the essential community service of blood donation. Similarly, Myron has great skills in connecting with students who are so vital to the future, assuring a strong blood supply for patients in the decades to come. Also, his recent participation in Leadership Oklahoma and his past success as an NCAA championship football player attest to his character.”


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RedHawks Mondays and Tuesdays

Tulsa, Enid Get New Leadership

Deon Smith, Tulsa Executive DirectorDeon Smith has been named executive director of OBI, Tulsa. Deon began his blood banking career with OBI in 1994, as a phlebotomist. Since ’96, he has worked for Haemonetics, a global company providing medical devices and consultation for blood processing. Most recently, his role was strategic account executive with responsibility as sales director for the western United States. His vast exposure to other blood centers’ operations and management will be a great asset in the growth of services in Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma. Deon graduated from Phillips University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Deon and his wife, Mindy, reside in Claremore with their two children.


Tania Warnock, Enid Executive DirectorEnid is also welcoming a new executive director. Tania Warnock is no stranger to the area. She has worked at the city’s Central National Bank since 2005, most recently as marketing director. Prior to that, she was director of Development for the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, OKC; director of communications and marketing for the Autry Technology Center, Enid; and a business writer and columnist for the Enid News and Eagle. In this north central and western Oklahoma region where commitment to OBI’s mission runs deep, Tania’s leadership and dynamism will continue the terrific partnerships built upon neighbors helping neighbors through the gift of blood.




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African Blood Centers Helped