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SBC South Bay Donor Center Featured in Healthcare Design Magazine

Congrats to the Taylor Design Firm and all those involved in making the South Bay Donor Center a reality! Our Campbell facility is featured in this month’s Healthcare Design Magazine.

Knoll’s Story: A Premie’s Not-So-Little Battle

As first-time parents, Kylie De La O-Menard and her husband Guillaume Menard knew that there were many challenges they would have to work through as part of learning to care for a new baby — the exhaustion, the baby’s crying, the frequent nursing. Leading up to the birth of their son Knoll, however, these challenges…

Andrew’s Story: Fighting Back With COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

In early March, COVID-19, while present in San Mateo County, was still reported to be a low health risk to the general public. In fact, the first case of unknown origin in the county had just been identified March 2. So, when Andrew Armstrong, a healthy and athletic father of two young boys, began experiencing…

Dan’s Story: Giving Back Globally

In December 2019, Dan Gross joined SBC as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this role, he provides strategic direction and oversees everyday operations that impact the entire donation experience, from the moment a donor is called about giving blood to when the prepared product is shipped out to a local patient. While working at a…

Supporting Research During a Pandemic

By Marino Bozic, Research Customer Relations Manager When Governor Gavin Newsom issued a shelter-in-place order for California on March 19, the Research Customer Relations department had no playbook for how to handle a research program during a pandemic. The first and most important decision we made was to remain open for business. While we anticipated…

Dan and John’s Story: Building Community Through Service

In honor of National Best Friends Day this year, we interviewed two of our most dedicated SBC volunteers: Dan Rhoads and John Henry. Though their backgrounds are in some ways quite opposite (“yin and yang,” as they say), the two met and have formed a strong bond, largely through their joint commitment to blood donation…

FAQ on Novel Coronavirus and Blood Donation

We would like to take this opportunity to provide some additional information about coronavirus and blood donation. Our hope is that people interested in donating blood consider all of the facts of the situation, namely that COVID-19 does not pose any special risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives....

Blood in Pop Culture: The History of Fake Blood in Movies

As our dedicated blood donors know, when it comes to helping patients, there is no synthetic substitute for blood. However, when it comes to live theater and cinema, there are many different products that have masqueraded as blood over the years. Traditional theater blood in Shakespearean times (think mid-16th century) could, like in modern day…

Blood in Pop Culture: Books for Your Summer Reading List

While blood here at SBC signifies hope and healing for patients, blood in pop culture has many meanings. Particularly in literature, blood can be used symbolically and literally to reference war, sacrifice, family ties, a core aspect of a character, and, especially in young adult fiction, even vampirism! In case you still have some room…

Blood in Pop Culture: SBC Bloody Mary Recipe

Summer is a time to unwind and cool down with some of your favorite beverages. Looking for an excuse to put together your favorite feel-good cocktail this week? We’ve got you covered! Celebrate our Blood in Pop Culture challenge by mixing our very own SBC Bloody Mary; and use it as a conversation starter to…

SBC Testing for SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies

SBC is now testing all donations for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 and posting results on donors’ online portals at Read below to find out more about the antibody test and its results. If you have additional questions, please reach out to SBC Donor Relations at or 650-736-7786.   Is SBC testing donations for antibodies?…

Blood in Pop Culture: Blood Orange Tart Recipe

We know many of you have been flexing your baking skills during the shelter-in-place, so we thought we’d lend a hand! In honor of our Blood in Pop Culture challenge, our multi-talented Graphic Designer, Jess Paik, has provided a blood orange tart recipe! Try your hand at this delectable dessert — or, show us one…