LifeStream blood bank, the exclusive provider of blood products and services to all Coachella Valley and High Desert hospitals, is proud to announce its centerpiece event, the 36th annual Gift of Life Tribute and Awards Ceremony, is set for Sunday, April 7 at the Riverside Convention Center.
An event filled with emotion and inspiration, the luncheon and awards ceremony shines the spotlight on “unsung community heroes;” local, volunteer blood donors who have given a minimum 10 gallons of blood in their lifetimes.
The theme for the 2019 event is “Your greatness is not what you have, but in what you give,” a quote courtesy of author Alice Hocker.
Individual tickets and event sponsorships are available and may be purchased by contacting Angela Ross, LifeStream’s director of marketing and public relations, at 909-386-6871 or aross@LStream.org
In addition to 10-Galllon Donor Club members, LifeStream also will honor community champions as it premieres its 2019 donor-patient video and presents Humanitarian of the Year, Medical Honoree and Youth Ambassador of the Year awards.
The Coachella Valley is a vital contributor to LifeStream’s mission. Fittingly, the region is generally a major player in the organization’s largest event and is expected to have a strong presence again this April.
Special guests this year are expected to include previous donor-patient story subjects Mariah Salomon, Coachella; and Adrian Grajeda, Palm Desert and members of their families; prominent community members representing the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, last year’s Humanitarian of the Year honoree; and leading local blood donors including 100-gallon donor Antonio Tapia, Indio.
The returns of Mariah (2018 donor-patient subject) and Adrian (2016) are especially poignant for LifeStream blood donors, who are reminded first-hand the goodness of their act.
Two-year-old Mariah suffered severe facial injuries when attacked by a dog and needed more than 100 units – well over 10 gallons – of blood products for pre- and post-operative treatment. Adrian, then 10, suffered catastrophic injuries resulting in amputation of his right leg when struck by flying debris when a car crashed through a school fence at recess. He, too, needed multiple blood products to survive.
Mariah is now 5 and a cheery, joyful kindergartener; Adrian, 15, is a sophomore at Palm Desert High School who played starting safety on the school’s 2018 junior varsity football team. (376)