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The Liquid Gold Project
Is a community out-reach program striving to educate the general public to the life-saving role blood platelets play in saving the lives of children with leukemia, cancer/burn and trauma patients and those awaiting open heart surgeries. We need your help.
May 14th, 2013 -- Liquid Gold Day
Tuesday – May 14th – From 9:00am—7:00pm LifeSouth Donor Center – See you there!!!
396 West Oxmoor Rd.Birmingham, AL 35209 205-943-6000 – Make an appt., secure a time! The Liquid Gold Project is a Birmingham-based community outreach program striving to educate the general public to the role platelet donations play in saving the lives of children with leukemia, cancer, burn, and trauma patients, and those awaiting open heart surgeries.
2013 Goal -- PUBLIC APPEAL -- To secure space on campus for a Liquid Gold Project blood platelet collection center. If you can help us persuade any of the local/state universities to establish a presence on campus -- please call me at: 205-877-4534 -- we need your help. (NOTE -- we are willing to pay for the space.) Some of the largest hospitals in the state are in favor of college students saving lives through platelet donations (see endorsement letters on "Endorsement Page" of this web site. Donald L. Pierini
"Blessed" for a second time -- Once again blood PLATELETS have saved my life! In the month of May 2012, I was diagnosed with an enlarged aorta and leaking aortic valve. My Cardiologist (from John Hopkins) said that the damaged was caused from my battle with leukemia, five year ago. Five years ago, Dr. Cantrell and his team at St. Vincents Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama provided me the blood platelets I needed to stay alive long enough to be treated and survive leukemia (I was pronounce "cured" in December of 2011). Now I was leaning on Dr. Lars Svensson and his team at the Cleveland Clinic to repair my aorta and leaking aortic valve. Blood Platelet Donors made this opportunity all possible! For without platelets, my health would not have been good enough to undergo such an invasive operation. I had this operation on August 15th, 2012 -- and today feel great! -- going to the gym every other day and living a normal life -- once again. If you have read this far, Please take the time to scan the rest of this web site, learn a little more about how important blood platelet donations are -- and then donate platelets, the next chance you can, if you can..........thank you! "Where There Is Hope, There Is Life!"
Would you like to sponsor a Platelet Drive? -- Please contact Donald L. Pierini using the info on the "Contact Page", to plan and schedule a life saving platelet drive at your company, organization or associations location -- today!
Did You Know??? -- Platelets are being used to grow new bones, ligaments and tendons??? Ohio State University research is taking the lead on this new cutting-edge procedure. Visit the "News -- FAQ" page of this web site and click on the internet link (right hand side of page.
September 20th, 2012 Platelet Drive -- The Alabaster Library will be sponsoring the Liquid Gold Project, a blood platelet drive whose goal is to save the lives of cancer patients and those in need of heart surgeries, on September 20th from the hours of 9:30am through 4:30pm. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will be providing the professional medical staff and specialized platelet collection machines in support of this life-saving initiative. Please contact Frances Smith (at the library -- 205-664-6822 ) for details and to schedule a time to donate platelets. See "Calendar Page" for details and directions.
August 19th 2012 Platelet Drive -- We would like to thank the The Knights of Columbus for sponsoring our platelet drive today at St. Francis Xavier Church on Montclair Road in Mountain Brook. A BIG "thank you" goes out to LifeSouth Community Blood Centers for their continued support of this very important life-saving initiative. Tom Clark reported a final tally of 19 donors for the day!August 4th 2012 Platelet Drive -- We would like to thank the Civitan for sponsoring our platelet drive today at the Irondale Senior Center. A BIG "thank you" goes out to LifeSouth Community Blood Centers brought their brand new Abacus platlet collection machines and provide top-notch medical staff to support this life-saving community service initiative. For details of this paltelet drive and to see pictures of people you may know -- visit the "Calendar" page of this web site. Also, review the whereabouts of our NEXT platelet drive on the calendar, scheduled for August 19th. NOTE -- Everyone donating on the 19th receives a FREE breakfast from McDonalds -- compliments of the Knights of Columbus!!!
August 2012 Platelet Drives -- We would like to thank the Civitan International and the Knights of Columbus for sponsoring two upcoming platelet drives in August! Civitan platelet drive on August 4th. The Knights of Columbus platelet drive on August 19th. See "Calendar Page" for details.
Platelets -- DO -- save lives -- I can personally attest to the fact that blood platelets DO save lives. In July of 2007, I almost died because of a platelet shortage in the Birmingham, Alabama area. At the last minute", I received the platelets I needed to keep me alive long enough to be treated for leukemia. Just this past December (2011), I was told that I do not have to go back to the hospital anymore for monitoring -- because I was "cured". Please show up to our platelet drives in August -- there are always others in our local hospitals that need your help.
Fundraiser To Benefit Alabama Toddler Fighting Leukemia -- Please visit the following web page to help Kayda: http://www.myfoxal.com/Global/story.asp?S=17014992 " Hoover, AL fundraiser will try to help with the financial bills of an Alabaster two-year-old battling leukemia. Chad Richey calls his daughter Kayda "The Queen of the Little People." Kayda has had some rough times and Richey shaved his hair to match hers. Richey said that she smiled when she saw his bald head............."
Platelet Drives Help Educate -- See "Calendar Page" for pictures, and results of recent platelet drives held within our community. Donating blood platelets is much different than donating whole blood -- and due to the constant shortage and very short "shelf-life -- the need is more critical in saving lives of patients with blood disorders, cancers and those undergoing heart surgeries.
A very "BIG THANK YOU" goes out to LifeSouth for supporting the Liquid Gold Project!
The Year 2012 -- Our goal for this year is to conduct one Platelet Drive per month. Please contact Donald Pierini - 205-877-4534 -- if you know of a company, municipality, or venue that would be interested in sponsoring a Platelet Drive in your community.
RECENT NEWS -- Has everyone read the article appearing in the "ONE VOICE" newspaper on November 18th, 2011 ??? To read the article, click on "ONE VOICE" -- or -- go to the "NEWS - FAQ" page of this web site and click on article. The word is slowly getting out -- "Blood Platelets -- Save Lives". Thank you for helping to increase awareness & spreading the word!
RECENT NEWS -- -- EMERGENCY CALL FOR BLOOD!!! At the end of September, blood products were in very short supply in the Birmingham area, once again. On September 28th, 2011, UAB Hospital sent an email to all UAB campus students making an urgent plea for blood donations to fill a serious blood shortage. Emergency surgeries have been cancelled and people's lives are in the balance (click on following link for details) "UAB Hospital Needs More Blood" -- On September 29th, the following headline appeared in the Birmingham News, "UAB issues an emergency call for blood donations" (Click on following links for details) Critical Blood Shortage: Page 1 / Page 2 . Of ALL blood products, blood platelets are most critical, as Dr Adamski of UAB hospital confirms that sometimes UAB hospital has to import pplatelets from California to fill demand and save lives! Donating blood platelets saves lives -- immediately! Please join us on October 15th and 16th .
( See "News - FAQ" page for additional letters endorsing, "The Liquid Gold Project" )
NOTE -- The Liquid Gold Project is specifically committed to increasing platelet donations through education and community involvement, and has received written endorsements from major hospitals in the Birmingham area (ie. UAB, St. Vincents, Childrens Hospital, and Baptist Health Systems).
Your donations will be used immediately to save the lives of those struggling to survive.
EDUCATIONAL GOAL -- Our goal is to increase blood platelet donations within the state of Alabama, southeast and nationwide, through educating and heightening awareness to the important role platelets play in saving lives:
1) Within local communities and on college campuses,
2) Through local and national associations.
The Liquid Gold Foundation is approved and regulated at both the state and federal levels to function as a non-profit organization, and your donations are tax deductible -- 501(c)(3) (click on link to view letter.)
People coming together by donating blood platelets -- as well as their their
time, influence, intellect, and financial resources
will make "The Liquid Gold Project" a success!
Platelet Collection Sites
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is a strategic partner of the Liquid Gold Foundation and the only blood platelet collection agency willing to go to remote locations (where the people are) to collect platelets.
2) Florida (coming soon)
3) Georgia (coming soon)
Please support LifeSouth with your platelet donations.
Please support the Liquid Gold Foundation and its educational resource needs with your financial contributions
Current Office in Birmingham, Alabama
-- Strategic Partners and Supporters of the Liquid Gold Project Initiative are listed below --
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