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Can two Rh-positive parents have an Rh-negative child?

Your Rh status (positive or negative) is determined by an antigen found on your red blood cells (RBCs). Being Rh-positive or Rh-negative means that either you have the Rhesus D antigen on your RBCs (positive) or you don’t (negative). Rh status is inherited from our parents, separately from our blood type. If you inherit the…

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…

Welcome Health Trust: Our Newest Donate Your Points Back Partner

SBC is proud to announce our newest Donate Your Points Back partner, Health Trust! Health Trust provides quality and culturally competent services that meet the health needs of many low-income individuals in Santa Clara and northern San Benito counties.

Get to Know Our Newest Medical Director: Dr. Suchi Pandey

This July, Stanford Blood Center was honored to have Dr. Suchitra (Suchi) Pandey join us as our newest Medical Director. Her responsibilities include providing medical support to blood center staff, management of blood donor medical issues, development of Blood Center medical policy, oversight of blood center operations, consultation with Stanford Hospital for patient management, and…

We’re Listening! Your SBC Donor Survey in Action

Since we launched our SBC Donor Survey back in July of 2017, we have received tremendous feedback and countless kudos for our Stanford Blood Center team members. The results have been inspiring, and your feedback has helped guide us in creating an even better experience for all of our donors. Overall number of responses since…

Summer Blood Need: Calling All Donors

In January, a tough time of year for blood collections, we shared a blog, Behind the Critical Need for Blood Products at Stanford Blood Center, offering some insight into what it means for a blood center to be in critical need of certain products. Summer is upon us and is another very difficult time of…

Honoring Those Affected by Cancer at Relay for Life Campbell

On July 14, SBC hosted a table at Relay for Life Campbell. Less than a mile from our upcoming new South Bay Donor Center, this wonderful event brings communities together to remember loved ones lost and honor those affected by cancer. Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society with…

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…

The Greener Canteen(er)

You may notice a few changes next time you stop in to donate with us — specifically, some new offerings in our canteens! Thanks to all of the great feedback we’ve received on our donor survey, we are making some adjustments that will result in a healthier, greener, more consistently delicious post-donation experience. What’s more,…

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Stanford Blood Center Moving to Campbell

With our newest donor center opening in Campbell, CA this summer, we thought it was important to get out into the Campbell community to meet our new neighbors! Most recently, we attended Boogie: Campbell’s Music Festival, a fantastic community event that has been taking place for 40 years. We had a blast mixing and mingling…