Program slated to be honored with a Real Heroes award
LEWISTON—LifeFlight of Maine and the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive in December at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. The event attracted more than 90 donors and collected 93 total units of blood, or 120% of the goal of 78 units.
Led by flight crew members, the blood drive honored one of LifeFlight’s young patients, Kinzie, who requires routine blood transfusions as part of her cancer treatment. LifeFlight is the only ambulance service in the state that carries blood on every transport, and has a unique understanding of the importance of blood donation. From cancer patients like Kinzie, to trauma patients who are losing blood at an alarming rate after a car or snowmobile accident, in a rural state like Maine, sometimes access to blood is a matter of life and death.
As a result of the hugely successful blood drive, event organizers, Flight Nurse Lori Metayer and Quality Assurance Administrative Assistant Sandra Graul-McEachern, were nominated for a Real Heroes award. Through this award, the Red Cross recognizes people who make a difference in the lives of others. Award winners demonstrate acts of heroism, courage, kindness and unselfish character in service to others. Lori and Sandra will be honored at an event in Lewiston on March 14.
According to Lori, LifeFlight has the unique ability to reach out the community and ask for support that is not, but supports the
LifeFlight mission in a very intimate fashion.
December and June are typically difficult months for donations, so LifeFlight is working with the American Red Cross to host a June Blood Drive at their Bamgor Base.
LifeFlight of Maine is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit air medical and critical care transport organization. LifeFlight brings lifesaving critical care staff and equipment directly to the patient by helicopter, airplane and ground ambulance. It also provides advanced emergency medical training to Maine’s hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS) and public safety agencies. Overseen by 25 physicians, LifeFlight cared for nearly 1,800 critically ill and injured patients last year. Since its inception in 1998, LifeFlight has transported more than 21,000 patients from every hospital and nearly all of Maine’s communities and islands. If you would like to learn more about LifeFlight, please visit the website www.lifeflightmaine.org or call 207-230-7092.