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.

HemoBLOGin — The Stanford Blood Center Blog (Read All)

Tom Welch’s 600th Donation

Here at SBC, we love to celebrate our incredible milestone donors. Earlier this month, Tom Welch made his 600th donation at the South Bay center. Ross Coyle, Public Relations Officer, interviewed the San Jose resident about what inspires him to donate blood and what keeps him coming back all these years. What does your 600th blood donation…

New Donor Portal — Launching December 17

Great news! On December 17, our donor portal (sbcdonor.org) will be changing. This redesigned portal will have all of your same information but with an interface that is cleaner and easier to use on both computers and mobile devices. Some of the updated features include: A simple process for making appointments and finding nearby blood...

How to Redeem Movie Tickets Online

Redeeming your movie ticket online is easy! First, go to cinemark.com, select the movie you want to see, select where you want to sit and add a ticket to your cart. This should activate the payment screen, which appears as a bar on the right side of the page. Looking at this gray bar, you…

Patient Stories (Read All)

Nick’s Story: Open Your Heart to Donation

HOW BLOOD DONORS SUPPORTED A 15-YEAR-OLD’S LIVE-SAVING OPEN-HEART SURGERY On October 4, 2014, Nick Farrell* was riding high celebrating a momentous occasion: his 15th birthday. One week later, on October 11, he was grappling with a very different life-altering event: a critical surgery to fix the large hole in his heart. Though Nick and his…

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…

Can You Help End Childhood Cancer?

Every year, 15,780 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. In fact, according to Children’s Cancer Research Fund, each day, 43 families in the United States will hear that their child has cancer. That’s why we observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – to increase awareness for types of cancer that affect…

Donor Stories (Read All)

Tom Welch’s 600th Donation

Here at SBC, we love to celebrate our incredible milestone donors. Earlier this month, Tom Welch made his 600th donation at the South Bay center. Ross Coyle, Public Relations Officer, interviewed the San Jose resident about what inspires him to donate blood and what keeps him coming back all these years. What does your 600th blood donation…

David Polnaszek’s 600th Blood Donation is a Family Affair

In June, David Polnaszek hit a special milestone with Stanford Blood Center when he made his 600th blood donation at our Menlo Park donor center. The 73-year-old Portola Valley resident has been doing his part to help save countless lives long before iPhones and even color TV… a conscious decision that was inspired by his hero. “Donating blood…

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…