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Blood Recipient Stories

Ike
"We never thought we would walk the cancer path. Thanks to blood donors who helped keep our son Ike alive, we had a good chance of beating this thing.” —Chelsea Yarmon More...


 

Leyna
“Taking the time to donate blood is truly giving the gift of life to children, like Leyna, who are battling childhood cancer. Without your life-saving donation, our little princess would not be here today and, for that, we can't thank you enough!” – Karri Shiers-Ahlschwede More...


 

Trey
The change is dramatic and immediate. Healthy blood brings Trey out of sickle cell agony to an active life free of pain. More…
 


 

Emily
Sometimes believing is all you can do—especially when you spend all of your life fighting to stay alive. More...


 

Teresa
“I would like the African-American community to become blood donors so that we can keep those struggling with sickle cell disease alive and healthy.” —Ternesha Burroughs More...


 

Kendall
“I had no idea how important the role of blood is in performing surgery on such a young child,” said Kelly King, mother of Kendall More…
 


 

Jackson
Jackson’s kidneys lasted him 20 months—which was 20 months past their expiration date. More...


 

Erik
After his cycling accident, Erik realized that blood donors are some of the most important players in a trauma recovery experience. More...
 


 

Bee
As a phlebotomist, Bee has understood the importance of giving blood for a long time. She never thought she would one day be the person needing it. More...


 

Sully
Blood isn’t just there for people who have lost it. It’s there for people who don’t have enough—including newborns like Sully undergoing emergency surgery. More...


 

Brynn
Blood is a big deal to Brynn and her family. It has saved and sustained the lives of her mother, her sister, and herself. More...
 


 

Alexa
Alexa recovered from a serious off-road accident thanks to the quick response of North Memorial Air Care and Memorial Blood Centers’ Type O negative donors. More...


 

Katie
“I like to tell people I’m the luckiest woman alive! Because of blood donors I’m still a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a blood drive coordinator, and now a blood donor.” —Katie Thunshelle More...


 

Austin
Learning your child has cancer—a nightmare for any parent—inspired Super Hero Austin and his family to call upon their extraordinary powers of love and creativity in their fight to save his life. More...


 

Elena
Grateful parents of Elena Perfect celebrate with their daughter today because safely-matched platelets were available when she was born. More...
 


 

Mike
Volunteer blood donors kept police officer Mike Blood alive after being shot in the line of duty. It took 15 gallons of blood transfusions, but he's alive and well today. More…


 

Jaela
"In honor of those who have battled and won, and those still fighting, in memory of those we have lost, the gloves are off—give a little love, give blood!” —Katie Meister, Jaela’s mom and biggest fan More...