blood drives continue benefitting area citizens
TULSA, OK Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses
employees potentially saved the lives of more than 5,000 people
throughout the state last year by donating more than 1,800 pints
of blood. The tribe's partnership with Oklahoma Blood Institute
has potentially saved more than 18,000 lives since 2010.
staffs at Cherokee Nation and CNB stepped up and made a commitment
to Oklahoma families by donating blood," said Cherokee Principal
Chief Bill John Baker. "Weather emergencies in Oklahoma routinely
put additional pressure on our state's reserve blood supply, while
the need for blood remains constant. I am proud our employees have
accepted the challenge to give and volunteer at the highest levels
in Oklahoma. That sense of priority and community ensures we all
remain a little safer."
OBI is the sole provider of blood to 140 medical facilities
in Oklahoma, including Cherokee Nation's W.W. Hastings Hospital
"Our employees are avid supporters of our community and those
in need," said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee
Nation Businesses. "We are very proud of them and all their volunteer
endeavors across the Cherokee Nation."
OBI has recognized Cherokee Nation and CNB's efforts with multiple
awards, including the Donor Appreciation Award for the largest participation
and collections among all OBI blood drives.
"I've seen many of my own family members benefit from the generosity
of strangers who gave blood," said Steve Martindale, Cherokee Nation
Entertainment employee and longtime OBI donor. "I enjoy giving back
to the community, so I give blood as often as possible to help fulfill
the ongoing need."
OBI says the need for blood donations is constant. In fact,
Oklahoma Blood Institute requires more than 600 units per day just
to meet patient demand for the hospitals they serve.
Cherokee Nation and its businesses regularly hold blood drives
throughout the year, and they encourage anyone who is able to donate
and help save even more lives this year.