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Liquid Life

May 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm
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For as long as I can remember, my dad would come home every couple of months with a pint of ice cream and a bright red bandage around his arm. I was always happy to see the ice cream, as well as my dad, of course. But it wasn't until I was older that I found out why he got the ice cream. As both he and Baskin-Robbins like to call it, it was "A Pint for A Pint". For every pint of blood that my dad donated, he would receive a Baskin Robbins coupon for a pint of ice cream in return.

#WhyIGiveBlood: It Supports the V.A. Hospital

May 15, 2012 at 11:40 am
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By Roland Keffer, Stanford Blood Center donor

I began giving blood with the Red Cross in 1960. My boss had cancer and the whole company would go down and donate blood in his name. He survived a year or so, and after he died, I still continued to give blood.

Big Numbers in Our Blood

May 3, 2012 at 11:57 am
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By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin's Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center

Each of the approximately 30 trillion red blood cells (RBCs) in our bodies (30,000,000,000,000) has about 280 million hemoglobin (Hgb) molecules in it. And each hemoglobin molecule can transport four oxygen molecules from the lungs to any other cell in the body (including your brain, which is using that oxygen to read this right now).

#WhyIGiveBlood: 300 Donations and Counting

April 26, 2012 at 11:59 am
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By Jim Early, 300-time blood donor
Above, Jim (with nurse, Raquel Morgia, sneaking in a smile) stands beside a quilt his wife made from his collection of SBC t-shirts.

When I was twenty-two I was sick with an intestinal disease. In a month's time I went from healthy to hospital patient and for the next seven weeks I lived in the Old Hoover Pavilion Stanford Hospital. I ate nothing by mouth and instead received all my nutrition from IVs into my arms and eventually via a central line. A year later I was back again and after another three weeks opted for corrective surgery. After some major surgery, a few revisions, and many units of blood, (during and post op) I was healthy again. While being treated I thought very little about where the blood came from or who was giving it, I just wanted to feel better.

Chronic illness in childhood: One patient’s story

April 24, 2012 at 11:13 am
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By Erin Digitale, Writer for Stanford School of Medicine's Communications & Public Affairs Department

Rahman Humphries was trying to pass a 100-yard swimming test on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. He dreamed of achieving the highest award that the Boy Scouts offer, but he was struggling to make the distance.

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Casey’s Rocky Start

April 17, 2012 at 10:48 am
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Casey Rockey was born with supravalvular aortic stenosis, a rare heart condition that causes a narrowing of his aortic valve at the opening. He required beta blockers for a year to manage his stenosis and tachycardia and, at age three and a half, it was time for open-heart surgery.

Blood Drive Coordinator Dedicated to #SavingLives

April 11, 2012 at 11:36 am
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Stacey Tinianov began coordinating our Cisco blood drives in 2009 and, to date, has brought in almost 3,000 units of blood. Less than a year after taking on her responsibilities as a blood drive coordinator, she joined our Donor Cup competition and won the award for highest number of units collected. She and her husband both donate as often as they can and she loves, loves, loves to tweet about her upcoming blood drives, and her many other activities for that matter, as @coffeemommy.

Life is Precious

April 4, 2012 at 11:17 am
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By Tim Gilmore, Blood Drive Account Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Last year, my cousin's husband, Darren, became extremely ill. He was rushed to a hospital in Central California but after days of declining health, doctors decided that he needed to be taken by medevac to Stanford Hospital. Upon his arrival, he was met by world-class physicians who rushed to diagnose his symptoms. After being stabilized at Stanford, his health started to improve and we learned that he had leukemia. He started a treatment plan immediately and began receiving numerous blood products.

Tips & Tricks: Tracking Your Cholesterol Online

March 29, 2012 at 11:51 am
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Millions of Americans are affected by high cholesterol, which leaves them at an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Tracking cholesterol levels over time is an important routine for many and an effective way of staying in tune with your health.