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January 2014 • Published in The Daily Press, Ashland WI

Start the New Year with a Life-Saving Resolution.

Eat healthier. Find a better job. Get fit. These are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions we make every year. Have you considered resolving to save lives in 2014?

Resolving to be a regular blood donor in 2014 means you’ll help save lives all year long. In fact, donating blood once every season—winter, spring, summer, and fall—takes only about one hour every three months. And your generous gifts will help ensure that Memorial Blood Centers—the primary blood supplier to Memorial Medical Center in Ashland—is fully prepared to help those in need.

Making blood donation a family tradition also offers a unique opportunity to bring together grandparents, parents, adult children, and students age 16 and older in service to others. So plan to donate now and help us celebrate National Blood Donor Month throughout the month of January. And then be sure to come back as often as you can—every 56 days you can make a whole blood donation. Regular blood donations are always needed especially those with Type O.

Making an appointment online is easy and convenient. Visit and click the Donate Blood button to schedule a donation at one of our Northland donor centers. You also can search by zip code for a community blood drive or schedule an appointment to donate in January at:

Ashland Northwoods Community Credit Union
121 Main Street West, Ashland, WI 54806
Thursday, January 23, 2014
10:30 AM-4:30 PM

Again, thank you for making donating blood part of your New Year’s resolution.

Jed Gorlin, M.D. is Medical Director and Vice President, Medical and Quality Affairs for Memorial Blood Centers. Elizabeth Perry, M.D. is Associate Medical Director for Memorial Blood Centers.

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Call us today 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253) to schedule an appointment, or to find out more about Memorial Blood Centers and how we partner with the Ashland community to save lives. You also can visit us online at MBC.ORG. Follow us on Facebook,  Twitter and You Tube.