Donor Stories

Susan's Story

Susan

December 7, 2014 at 7:24 pm
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I started donating when my cousin’s wife was diagnosed with leukemia. In the face of this tragic disease, she not only thought of herself, but of others as well. She kept family and friends informed of her progress and treatments,...


Sandra's Story

Sandra

December 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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Today is my 99th whole blood donation. My husband and I started donating about 19 years ago as one of our first dates. We had been dating about 3 months, and my son’s elementary school was having a blood drive...


Pati's Story

Pati

December 6, 2014 at 10:07 pm
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My first donation was in 1977 at a mobile blood drive at my company. My girlfriend encouraged me, as she was a regular donor. I, among many others at work, didn’t really see the need and was apprehensive to give...


Mike's Story

Mike

December 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm
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When I was 17, I was in a skiing accident that left me in a coma and requiring immediate brain surgery to remove a blood clot from my left frontal lobe. I owe my life to the paramedics and brain...


Maeve's Story

Maeve

December 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm
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I give blood because I can! My first donation was on Valentine’s Day years ago and I was anxious, scared and excited. 35 donations later, it has become a part of my normal routine. I am lucky that I am...


Lori's Story

Lori

December 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm
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My Mom always encouraged us to donate blood when we were old enough to do so. Blood donations saved her life at the age of 28 when she had open heart surgery after my brother was born. At the time,...


Linda's Story

Linda

December 6, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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We give because so many others can’t and blood can’t be manufactured. Giving blood saves lives! It’s groovy to give! Give at your earliest convenience. Linda 9-29-14


John R's Story

John

December 6, 2014 at 9:03 pm
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I was introduced to donating blood back in college during an on-campus blood drive. I remember feeling then, as I do now, that such a simple act could have such a meaningful impact on someone else in need, perhaps at...


John M's Story

John

December 6, 2014 at 8:53 pm
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Paulina’s life began in Stanford, Lucille Packard’s NICU. She was there until Christmas Eve and came home after 3 months. She received so many transfusions, FFP and other products, we all lost count! Now her heart needs healing and again...


Jay's Story

Jay

December 6, 2014 at 8:48 pm
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When I was born, I had an unusual blood component called “Little C.” The doctors were concerned and decided I needed a full blood transfusion. As a universal donor, it’s difficult to be a recipient but, fortunately, my father had...