Governor Honors Those who Gave the ‘Gift of Life’
Donors thanked and praised
Press Update: February 21, 2011
(Adelup, Guam) Donating blood platelets saves lives.  Governor Eddie Baza Calvo joined the Gift of Life board members in honoring platelet donors this week.  The Gift of Life Annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon was held at the Guam Hyatt Regency and the guests included donors from the Guam Memorial Hospital and the Naval Hospital.
The Gift of Life Organization is a non-profit partner of GMH dedicated to health awareness including platelet donations.  Each year they hold this luncheon to thank the donors.
Earlier this year, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo proclaimed 2011 to be the “Year of Guamanian Service.”  In keeping with that commitment, he attended the luncheon to personally thank the volunteers.
“With your contribution — this service to Guamanians, you are helping to save lives.  Thank you for all that you’ve done and for your donation of the gift of life,” Governor Calvo told attendees.
The top donors of GMH and the Naval Hospital were Lyle Cummings and Kristina Grant.  When asked about the process of platelet donations, Cummings told Governor Calvo, “I feel fine afterwards.  I’m just happy I’m healthy enough that I can do it.”
Cummings has donated platelets 132 times and he has another appointment next week.

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo was asked to speak at the Gift of Life Annual Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Guam.  He joined the Gift of Life Organization in honoring platelet donors from the Guam Memorial Hospital and the Naval Hospital.  Pictured from left are:  Pilar Pangelinan, Dr. Arthur Loerzel, Kristina Grant, Almia Fernandez, Lyle Cummings, Governor Calvo, Brenda Pangelinan, and Cesar Sanchez.

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