Categories for Inspiration

In remembrance of Anabel Mariko Stenzel, 1972-2013

October 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm
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Anabel Mariko Stenzel, a passionate advocate for organ and blood donors, passed away in Redwood City last month after a battle with cancer. The Blood Center will remember Anabel, known as Ana, with gratitude for her tremendous contributions, and admiration...

You need a little red to think pink

October 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm
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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’d like to thank blood and platelet donors for the important role they play in the lives of cancer patients. Cancer patients often require transfusions, either because of the cancer itself or the...

The Blood Bag Project: Pick up your needles

October 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm
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By Dayna Kerecman Myers Leigh Bowser picked up her needles — sewing needles — to raise awareness about the rare blood disorder Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA) and the importance of donating blood. Inspired by a young relative who suffers from DBA, Bowser, a textile crafts graduate...

Signing up can save a life: Choose to be an organ donor

August 23, 2013 at 10:09 am
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By Dayna Kerecman Myers Across the United States, there are over 114,000 people waiting for organ transplants, according to Donate Life California. One of Stanford Blood Center’s partners, the California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN), works tirelessly to connect these people...

Easy ways to inspire new donors

August 14, 2013 at 11:04 am
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Some of our dedicated blood and platelet donors tell us they wish they could help us bring new donors into our centers. We are grateful for this kind of help! Below, we have a few ideas to share that could...

Blood given, not shed

August 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm
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With war and bloodshed inescapable in many places around the world, the French artist Hady Sy considers art his weapon. His “One Blood” exhibit carries a powerful message about the ability to save lives through donating blood — a concept...

How I saved a man’s life

July 24, 2013 at 7:21 am
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By Peter Garrison This piece was originally published in the Los Angeles Times on June 29, 2013. I saved a man’s life. It feels odd to utter that sentence. It sounds like a request for admiration or at the very least...

#WhyIGiveBlood – Your Responses

June 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm
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(Comments from FB post on 2/8) Many blood donors have unique reasons for giving blood. Perhaps a close friend or family member needed a life-saving blood transfusion. Or maybe it’s all about the cookies and POG! We recently asked folks...