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LifeStream presents 37th Annual Gift of Life Tribute and Awards Ceremony

LifeStream Blood Bank, the exclusive provider of blood products and services to all Coachella Valley and Hi-Desert hospitals, is proud to announce its centerpiece event, the 37th Annual Gift of Life Tribute and Awards Ceremony, is set for Sunday, April 19 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.
Individual tickets and event sponsorships are available and may be purchased by contacting Angela Ross, LifeStream’s director of marketing and public relations, at 909-386-6870 or aross@LStream.org.
In addition to 10-Galllon Donor Club members, LifeStream also will honor community champions as it premieres its 2020 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 including representatives of LifeStream’s 2018 Humanitarian of the Year honoree Coachella Valley Economic Partnership; and local 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.
Then 2-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 6 and a cheery, joyful first grader; Adrian, 16, is a junior at Palm Desert High School who continues to excel scholastically and athletically.

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