Welcome to SBC TV, our latest inspiration videos from patients impacted by blood donation, donors and team members who make it all happen.


Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season. We hope you’ll keep local patients in mind and help give another family reason to celebrate this season.

Precious Mettle 2021

On Thursday, November 11 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Stanford Blood Center presented our 2021 Precious Mettle event to celebrate our milestone donors who have contributed 100 or more lifetime donations. This year’s event marked the 25th anniversary of Precious Mettle, with the last two years being a virtual ceremony.


With everything we’ve been through over the last couple years, it feels SO good to be getting back to a little bit of normal. And, while we may not know yet what the “new normal” is, we know one thing for sure… throughout the pandemic, the need for blood never stopped. Every day, people just like you step up for their community and donate blood. But we need your help, too. So, make time to give blood and start a habit of saving lives today.


Stanford Blood Center donors are incredible people! They come in as often as possible to give blood in support of local patients, and help inspire others to donate as well. Hear in their own words why blood donation is so important to them.

A COVID-19 Story: A former patient meets his plasma donor

Lance was in good health and never expected that his struggle with COVID-19 would mean he would spend an extended time on a ventilator fighting for his life. Meanwhile, across the country, Shanti (who had recently recovered from COVID-19) donated her first unit of convalescent plasma, just hoping to help someone in need. Watch as Lance and Shanti meet for the first time to talk about their moving experiences and share a laugh or two.

Learn how to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) at

About SBC — 40th Anniversary

Stanford Blood Center was created within the Department of Pathology at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1978. The Blood Center was created to meet the increasingly large and complex transfusion needs of Stanford Health Care and Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and to perform research and teaching.

The history of the Blood Center is replete with milestones in transfusion medicine, particularly in the areas of blood safety and compatibility testing. For a visual snapshot of these and many other SBC milestones, visit our timeline!

Patient Stories

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. Literally.

Carmela and Eric have always believed that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade – and that’s exactly what they did after learning that Carmela needed a heart transplant.

Magdalena Cabrera knows what it’s like to be on both sides of the equation. She began donating blood with Stanford Blood Center in 1980. She did so knowing the importance of donating blood products when suddenly the tables turned in May 2013 when she was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called Mucosal Melanoma.

Robin thought she was the picture of health until the day she was on one of her daily runs and knew something was very wrong. 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 is Robin’s SBC story.

At three years old, little Austin was diagnosed with Stage IV Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a rare (yet often treatable) cancer. Over the course of the year, Austin received numerous blood transfusions and chemo treatments. Today, he is a funny, sweet and beautiful four-year-old, living cancer-free, and charming everyone he meets.

Galen “G” Dahl, 13, is much like any other 7th grader. He loves skiing, math, jumping on his trampoline, video games and his dog, Flash. He is a self-confessed Harry Potter fanatic who enjoys hanging out with his buddies. One would never know just by looking at him that underneath the shirt he wore to school he bares a large scar from a heart transplant performed eleven years ago.

Kendralyn and Cole are childhood sweethearts who both experienced separate life-threatening childhood injuries. Thanks to blood donors, they received the blood products they needed to survive.

Aria was born with a rare blood disorder but beat the odds thanks in part to blood donors. By donating blood with Stanford Blood Center, you can help patients like Aria.

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