“I am so thankful there are amazing, selfless, lifesaving heroes out there that are willing to donate their blood. Without these donations, I wouldn’t be here to celebrate life’s many tiny miracles.” - Heather Bennett
"My future is much brighter and I am much more hopeful because of therapeutic apheresis. It truly has saved my life and given me relief no medicine ever has. I am able to live a normal life because of it, and be who I am instead of who PANDAS turns me into." -Libby Gerhardt
Madeleine Luongo received many blood transfusions during her short life—and while she was only two months old when she passed away, her family is making sure that her short life leaves a lasting impact on the community.
“The individuals that have to live with the fatal disease known as Sickle Cell need your help. We will forever be indebted to you for giving us the opportunity that some take for granted….LIFE.” - Carla Howard
Heidi Ely grew up believing that blood donation was just a civic duty, not a grand act of service or a reason to brag. But as an adult, she became keenly aware of the importance of donated blood--after receiving it herself.
“In a three month period, Derek received 21 units of platelets and 10 units of red blood cells, sometimes needing two or three platelet transfusions per week. These transfusions saved his life, literally." -Neil Rininger
At just 18-months-old, Roman Fariello was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. He fought hard through six rounds of chemotherapy and one round of high dose chemotherapy that killed his bone marrow in preparation for a stem cell transplant.
Jenah Bellamy gave an incredible gift to a couple from West Africa that almost cost her life. She was a surrogate for the couple in 2012, carrying their twins when she was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital at 26 weeks for preterm labor.
For Tom and Alex Schutte, saving lives runs in the family. The father and son duo, who hail from Kennedy Heights, are committed platelet donors for Hoxworth Blood Center. But their story is special—because when Alex’s father, Tom, could no longer donate, Alex rolled up his sleeve in his father's place.