By Harpreet Sandhu, SBC Administrator
I am delighted to share with you a link to the latest edition of Stanford Medicine Magazine, which focuses on blood. We had the pleasure of working with the School of Medicine Office of Communication & Public Affairs to produce this special edition, in the hope that it would help raise awareness about the importance of donating blood and our unique mission.
The issue features several articles that relate to the Blood Center. “Blood quest” focuses on the Blood Center’s early efforts, led by our founder, Dr. Engleman, to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by developing an early blood screening, while other blood banks argued against testing. Another article, “Roll up your sleeve,” features some of our donors and staff, and explains that there is no substitute for human blood, and why blood donors remain crucial. Other articles include “Life of blood,” a visual primer on blood cells, “Against the flow,” a feature on blood management, “In his blood,” featuring a Stanford physician with hemophilia dedicated to finding a cure, and “Blood, sweat, and fears,” a story about overcoming blood phobia.
We have already received some exciting positive feedback on the issue. One of our Precious Mettle donors commented, “I found your informative narrative provided a warm infusion of both affirmation and hope that donating blood is indeed a privilege undiscovered by many.”
We are grateful to the folks at the School of Medicine for partnering with us, and for their beautiful work on this issue. I would also like to thank the many people at SBC who played an important role in making this collaboration a success.
I hope you will enjoy reading the magazine. We will be bringing you excerpts from each article here on our blog in the coming weeks. I encourage you to share these articles with your friends and family as a window into the exciting work that you as blood donors are all a part of.