Need for 0+ or 0- blood for UCLA Sociology Professor Rob Mare

Dear Friends and Colleagues of Rob Mare:

 As many of you know, Rob continues to urgently needs white blood cells (granulocytes) from people with 0-positive and O-negative blood
types. In order to donate the granulocytes Rob needs, you’ll first have to be pre-screened by the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center. You can set up a screening appointment with Matthew Hoffman  (310-794-7207). Be sure to say that you are calling to make
directed donation for Robert Denis Mare. (You’ll also need Rob’s birthdate – please contact me at or 310-206-7290 for this information.) If you’d prefer,
you can also contact Matthew via email (  Be sure to mention that you’d like to set up an appointment to make a directed donation for Rob and provide
a phone number where you can be reached. If you have donated blood or platelets at UCLA before, please also provide the name under which you previously donated and your birth date.

 To facilitate this process, it is important to set up an appointment before your visit to the UCLA Blood Center. Here is some information that may help
you determine your eligibility to donate: Additional information about the granulocyte donation process also appears at the bottom
of this message.

 THANKS to everyone for your tremendous response to our requests for help getting Rob the white cells he needs! It takes a village…


   NB:  Prof. Rob Mare was diagnosed with acute leukemia.

 From: Hoffman,
Matthew [] Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 5:06 PM
To: Megan Sweeney
Subject: Granulocyte Donation Information

Thank you for your interest in donating for the patient in need at the UCLA Medical Center.

We are currently looking for donors interested in donating Granulocytes (white blood cells) for the patient and the procedure is described below.

ATTENTION: If you wish to donate either blood or platelets for the patient, rather than granulocytes, please first review our Eligibility
and Donor Self-Screening Information
  and phone us at 310-794-7207 so that we may schedule an appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: All donations must be made at UCLA facilities in Los Angeles.


As a first step, please follow the link below and carefully review the information that may help you determine if you are eligible to donate:

Eligibility and Donor Self-Screening Information

Now that you have reviewed the eligibility information and have determined that you may be able to donate, below is information regarding other requirements regarding your screening
and donation.

The entire process will comprise 3 visits to our locations in Westwood and will require a minimum of 9 hours of your time.

Your first visit will be to the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center, located at 1045 Gayley Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024, on a Monday through Friday between 9:00AM and 4:00PM.

Map and Directions & Parking Information

Here is a step by step description of what happens when you come in to donate platelets for the first visit.

(Please note: If you have had four or more pregnancies, including miscarriages and abortions, the procedure will be slightly different.  Please inform us of this when you call to schedule your appointment).

1.      Check-in with the Blood & Platelet Center staff.

2.      The staff will provide you with instructions for completing the required paperwork.

3.      Read the information provided, complete the Donor History Card and return it to the Blood & Platelet Center staff.

4.      A staff historian will review your Donor History Card with you and take your blood pressure, temperature and pulse. We will also prick your finger and perform a hemoglobin test.  Additionally, we will assess your
veins to determine if you are a good candidate for the donation.

5.      Once you are qualified to donate you will meet with our medical director who will interview you, go over consent forms and explain the Granulocyte donation procedure in greater detail.

6.      Following your interview with the Medical Director, one of our collection staff will call your name, ask you a few questions and begin the platelet
donation process
. The platelet donation will take approximately 1 to 2 hours.

7.      After your donation you will relax in our canteen for 15 minutes and be provided refreshments before leaving our donation center.


After your donation, your blood will be tested and typed to determine if you are a good candidate to donate Granulocytes.  If you are, we will contact you approximately 2 days after your donation to set up the Granulocyte donation.  This step of the procedure
will require you to visit the UCLA Medical Center at 4:00 PM the day before the scheduled Granulocyte donation at which time we will administer an injection and provide medication that will help stimulate production of white cells for the donation the following


On the day of your Granulocyte donation you will return to the UCLA Medical Center at 8:00AM.  The Granulocyte donation procedure is similar to the platelet donation but will take approximately 4 to 4 ½ hours.


All appointments and procedures must take place at our facilities in Westwood.

To schedule your first appointment, please contact the special donors’ office at 310 794-7207.

Thank you,

Matthew Hoffman


Platelet and Special Donor Office


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