Donor Stories

Sandra's Story


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...

Janice's Story


December 6, 2014 at 8:39 pm
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As a flight attendant with United for over 40 years — I started flying during the 70s, which was at the height of the AIDS epidemic — I lost so many friends who were flight attendants! I wished that I...