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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…

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…

Celebrating Our Veteran Mobile Blood Drive Partners

As we celebrate 40 years as your community blood center, it seemed like a good time to reflect on the incredible partnerships we’ve developed over the years. And when we think of partnerships, we of course think of our fantastic mobile blood drive partners. Stanford Blood Center (SBC) collects roughly half of its blood products…

Blood Donors Raise Funds for Packard Children’s

In addition to saving lives by donating blood, Stanford Blood Center donors helped raise funds for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford through our Donate Your Points Back program. Through this program blood donors earn points, which they can “give back” in the form of a monetary gift to one of our select community partners. Since…

National Donate Life Month Aims to Recruit Organ Donors

At Stanford Blood Center (SBC), most are aware that we collect blood products to supply to our hospital partners. But many might not know that we also have a medical team working in our Histocompatibility, Immunogenetics, and Disease Profiling Laboratory (HIDPL) to perform cutting-edge histocompatibility and genetic testing, which is used to get the most precise…

Training Future Leaders in Transfusion Medicine

As an academic blood center, teaching is an integral part of our mission at Stanford Blood Center (SBC). In 2007, to further this mission, SBC helped establish the Stanford Health Care (SHC) Transfusion Medicine (TM) Fellowship Program to train the future transfusion medicine specialists. The initial position was funded by SHC, our parent hospital, and…