Pint for a Pint Blood Drive in Honor of Sheldon “Butch” Ginsberg 200+ Pint recipient

Sheldonʼs Story: Sheldon “Butch” Ginsberg is an attorney and an active member of the Denver Community. As Former Chairman of the Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District, former Chapter Chairman of the Metro March of Dimes, former Chairman of the Legal Services Committee for the Denver Bar Association, and a Volunteer Attorney of the Year recipient, Sheldon has given hours and hours of his time for people in need. But as of late, Sheldon has gone from helping others, to relying on the goodness of others for his survival. What Sheldon needs does not come in the form of cash, gifts, or services. It is something only one person can give to another. Blood. And Sheldon has needed a lot of blood. On the order of 200 pints over the past 3 years. In fact, Sheldon survives today, because a host of anonymous donors go in and donate blood.

Four years ago, Sheldon was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). The good news was, after receiving chemotherapy, he went into remission. However, he remained highly anemic. After multiple tests, Sheldon was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome or MDS. MDS is a bone marrow disorder that affects the ability of oneʼs own body to produce the blood cells necessary for sustaining life. There is no cure for MDS. For patients suffering from this disorder, regular blood transfusions are the only means to replenish what the body cannot produce. For Sheldon, they have become his lifeline. Nearly 3 years ago, he required transfusions every 6 weeks. As the disease has progressed, the transfusions are now required weekly. On a weekly basis, Sheldon spends the day sitting at Kaiser Permanenteʼs infusion center in downtown Denver. Each transfusion takes approximately 5 hours. The two pints of packed red cells he receives will last him approximately 8 days. Then it is back in for the next transfusion. Even with weekly blood transfusions, Sheldonʼs blood counts are far from normal. The transfusions only bring up his levels to a fraction of what normal should look like. For the type of MDS Sheldon has, two levels are closely watched - Hemoglobin and Hematocrit. Hemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to the bodyʼs tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs. A normal range reading for hemoglobin value for a middle-aged male is 12.4-14.9 gm/dl. After a transfusion, Sheldonʼs “high” normal is 9, well below the normal for people his age. Hematocrit is the other factor Sheldonʼs doctors are watching. Hematocrit is the proportion, by volume, of the blood that consists of red blood cells. For an adult male the normal range is 42-54%. A high reading for Sheldon is 25% - 27%. So, on a good day, Sheldonʼs hematocrit is roughly 1/2 of the normal for an adult male. Think about it…200+ pints of blood, going to one person. That is why Sheldonʼs family is so grateful for all of the people who selflessly donate blood. It is those donors who are keeping him alive. As a thank you, and to replenish the blood supply in Denver, Sheldonʼs family - along with Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, is hosting a “Pint for a Pint” replenishment drive for the month of April, 2010. Donate a pint of blood and receive a free pint of beer from Rock Bottom Brewery - at any Rock Bottom in the country. JOIN facebook page “Blood Donors are HEROES” at : http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Blood-Donors-are-HEROES/332217363830?ref=nf