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Fenwal Names 2008 Inductees for Blood Donation Hall of Fame

Recognizing Extraordinary Commitment to Blood Donation

LAKE ZURICH, Ill., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Fenwal, Inc., a global leader in blood technologies, announced today the names of the 2008 inductees for the Donation Hall of Fame. Nominated by blood centers from across the United States, the 12 inductees are being honored for their long-standing commitment to blood donation.

"Blood is medicine's most vital natural resource, and it's frequently in short supply," said Ron Labrum, president and chief executive officer of Fenwal. "The individuals we're honoring have helped save and improve numerous lives through their donations. Their stories are inspiring; by sharing them, we hope to encourage many others to support their communities by donating blood."

The Donation Hall of Fame is now entering its 11th year. Inductees will be honored this month at award ceremonies at their local blood centers. The 2008 inductees are:

-- Perry C. McGriff, Jr., nominated by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers,

Gainesville, Fla.

-- Ernest Franco, nominated by Community Hospital-Monterey Peninsula,

Monterey, Calif.

-- Ray Holtz, nominated by Carter BloodCare, Bedford, Texas

-- Larry Cloos, nominated by Bonfils Blood Center, Denver, Colo.

-- Ray Gauvin, nominated by American Red Cross, Portland, Maine

-- James E. Fox, nominated by American Red Cross, Farmington, Conn.

-- Don Bryant, nominated by LifeShare Blood Centers, Alexandria, La.

-- John Gordon, nominated by Shasta Blood Center, Redding, Calif.

-- JH Von Tunglen, nominated by American Red Cross, Greater Ozarks-

Arkansas Region

-- Clark Patterson, nominated by American Red Cross, New York-Penn Region

-- Joseph "Rudy" Salinas, nominated by American Red Cross in Pasadena,


-- Donna Smith, nominated by Robertson Blood Center, Carl R. Darnall Army

Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas.

About Blood Donation

Blood donors are the only source of blood for transfusion. When donating blood, people give a pint of whole blood or donate a specific blood component via an automated system. When donating whole blood, the donated unit is separated into its therapeutic components providing one unit of red blood cells and a partial dose of platelets and plasma. When donating on an automated system, a donor gives approximately the same amount of blood, but more of the component that is in highest demand depending on their donor characteristics and blood type.

Approximately 14 million units of red blood cells, 10 million platelet units and 4 million units of plasma are transfused annually in the United States.

To make a blood donation or to learn more about donating blood, please contact your local blood center. To learn more about this year's Donation Hall of Fame inductees or to submit a nomination for the 2009 Donation Hall of Fame, please visit

About Fenwal

Fenwal Inc. is a global, medical technology company focused on improving blood collection, safety and availability for patient care. The company develops leading products, services and technologies used to collect, process, and store blood and its vital components. From blood containers and kits used to collect blood manually, to advanced automated systems that collect and separate blood into therapeutic components, Fenwal offers comprehensive solutions for medical professionals worldwide. For more information, please visit

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