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Beneficial Partnership Brings Heartening Experiences at Octapharma Plasma Centers

Looking at the first half of 2012, the beneficial partnership between Octapharma Plasma, Inc. and the Immune Deficiency Foundation is clear. Through IDF’s Plasma Center Partners Program, several IDF volunteers, who are either patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases or family members, visited Octapharma Plasma Centers and spoke with donors and staff about how plasma donors help them to live normal, happy lives because of plasma derived products.

IDF volunteer Connie Martin at the Octapharma Plasma Center in Birmingham, AL.

Dawn Jenkins, center director in Birmingham, AL , said “Wow, what a heartening experience! Our staff and donors were inspired with Connie Martin’s presentation and really enjoyed the time talking with her.”

Over the past several months, volunteers have visited the Birmingham center as well as the Columbia, SC, Charleston, SC, and Florence, AL centers. Recently in the Florence center, IDF Volunteer Tim Waskerwitz and support group peers shared their life experiences as it relates to having primary immunodeficiency diseases. “The staff enjoyed their testimonials as well as the donors being thanked for their donations and time,” said J. David Doss, center director in Florence.

IDF volunteer Tim Waskerwitz and support group members at the Octapharma Plasma Center in Florence, AL.

IDF volunteer Xan Moseley and Assistant Manager Margo Saunders Mack at the Octapharma Plasma Center in Columbia, SC.

Octapharma Plasma, Inc. looks forward to more visits from IDF volunteers throughout the year!

Thank you to Octapharma Plasma for partnering with us to create these memorable experiences!

Click here to learn more about volunteering to visit the centers through IDF.

Click here to learn how to donate plasma through Octapharma Plasma.

IDF volunteers Wesley Blumenburg and his parents at the Octapharma Plasma Center in Charleston, SC.

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Education is the key to stop the shortage in plasma. It means that the more volunteers who choose to teach more donors about plasma donation, more plasma units are to be collected and more vaccinations for blood disorders are manufactured. I salute all those volunteers who visited Octapharma to reach out with the donors and staff. These volunteers are real heroes of the present time and they deserve some recognition.