SBC Stories

SBC Stories connects blood donors and patients though storytelling, with new weekly articles on our blog, HemoBLOGin, featured patient stories and videos, and publications. Our patient stories inspire and move us to be of service the most vulnerable in our community, and our donor stories illustrate the many ways donors make a difference in patients’ lives every day.

Patient Stories (Read All)

Celebrating Mothers Touched by Blood Donation

Mother’s Day was this past weekend, and we hope you enjoyed your time with the mothers in your life! Although the day may have passed, we want to continue to appreciate moms all over by taking a moment to celebrate some of the mothers touched by blood donation that we have had the privilege to get…

Mohan’s Story: “A Change of Heart”

Mr. Manmohan (Mohan) Mahal claims it has taken him over twenty years to understand his “journey.” It is because of this journey that he is now driven to give back to the world and inspire others. But first, he needed a change of heart. Born in Amritsar, India, Mohan lived most of his life in New Delhi and…

The Kindness of Strangers: Robin Beresford’s Patient Story

Robin Beresford has many goals, most of which surround helping others. She is a former nurse, a licensed physician’s assistant, a marriage and family therapist, and is in the process of completing her PhD in Depth Psychology. So several years ago it came as a shock when Robin was the one who needed help. This…

Donor Stories (Read All)

Diaries of a Platelet Donor

In 1989, I was the victim of a serious motorcycle accident. My left leg and hip were seriously injured – I suffered from a broken hip socket, compound fractures of my tibia and fibula, and other issues. I spent a miserable month in the hospital before having to learn to walk again. Through all of…

Why I Love to Roll Up My Sleeves

By Bruce Anderson, guest blogger When I first started giving blood, I was terrified of needles and syringes and would become light-headed at the mere suggestion of them. But I had grown up in a small town where the community blood drive made the front page of the local paper, which listed every donor and paid…

Two Strangers Bound Together By Be The Match

Justin joined the Be the Match registry approximately 13 years ago while attending the Stanford Medicine Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Reunion. His decision to join was a simple one, as cancer has been a significant theme in his life, and his choice that day led to Justin saving a life several years later. The Other…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Heather McKelvy

It’s time for another Volunteer Spotlight! Our latest Spotlight features Heather McKelvy, who works at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Check out what Heather has to say: Why do you volunteer at SBC?  I like to be able to give back to the people that are helping my patients; I work at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. …

Cytomegalovirus and Blood Donation – What You Need to Know

Did you know that June is National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month? If not, you are definitely not alone. In fact, 91% of women don’t even know what CMV is. But not to worry, we are here to share what you need to know about Cytomegalovirus and blood donation. CMV is so common that most of us…

World Blood Donor Day — Altruism and Safer Blood

This Thursday, June 14, blood centers and health organizations around the globe will celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). As a day of appreciation for blood donors, WBDD is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the impact that donors have on their communities, and on the simple but extraordinary act of altruistic giving that helps…