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Amie and Her Family Find the Good in Cancer

One year ago (May 2016) on a family vacation to celebrate my 5 year old's birthday, life changed for our family. It was on the first day of that trip I noticed a large nodule on my chest that had not been there before and truly seemed to "come out of the blue." Thinking and hoping it was a swollen gland, we finished our trip and I went to see my doctor once we returned home. After some observation, I had a mammogram which then ushered me into the office of a very skilled breast surgeon. Upon initial ultra-sound, my doctor was certain – but two biopsies and a MRI later she knew that I had breast cancer. I had a ping-pong ball sized tumor on one side (ironically, despite the size, the position of it had kept it hidden until now and that is why it had not shown up in self-exams or doctor exams) and they would later determine there were several smaller tumors on the other side.  Read More...

Buckie's Bunch Needs Blood

On February 9, 2017, Dad (Lonnie "Buckie" Nugent Jr.), was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Burkitt’s Lymphoma is a form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in which cancer starts in B-Cells. Recognized as the fastest growing human tumor, Burkitt’s Lymphoma is associated with impaired immunity and is rapidly fatal if left untreated. Thankfully, Buckie’s Burkitt’s Lymphoma was discovered soon enough to be treated. Read More...

The Cancer Slayer

Dear Potential Donor,
Me today, could be you tomorrow ... Read More...

A Gift You Can’t Buy

Christmas Eve of 2011, the Savell family’s greatest gift wasn’t festively wrapped and nestled under the Christmas tree. After having the youngest of their three boys rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, their most important gift came from someone they had never met.  Read More...

Andre Armors Up Against AML

“I would have never thought it would be me,” says Shreveport native Andre Clark, about his recent cancer diagnosis.  Since his days of playing sports at Huntington High School, to keeping up with his four kids, Andre has always been active and healthy until he was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). Thinking back in disbelief Andre explains, “I was playing softball the week before, then all off a sudden it hits you.” Read More...

Micah's All-Stars and the Search for a Cure

Summer is one of the most exciting times for a kid. Summer means swimming pools, the ice cream man, hanging out with friends, and enjoying just being a kid. For 11-year old Micah Johnson, his over the summer break story will be much different. For Micah, his summer has consisted of being sick, having to get daily shots of medicine, a liver and bone marrow biopsy, platelet transfusions, and being told that he needs a marrow transplant to save his life. Read More...

Interview with Chad A. Douglas, President and CEO, LifeShare Blood Centers

I had the opportunity to sit down with our CEO recently and ask him some questions. Among the things of note was that he grew up as a poor farmer and rancher in Central Florida; and with parental consent joined the military at 17-years old. He believes in Kevin Durant’s philosophy, “hard work trumps talent when talent fails to work hard” and is proof of that philosophy, having started in this business as a phlebotomist.  Read More...

13-Year Old Saved by Donors Grows Up to Inspire Geaux Show Love

July 22, 1989. It was sunny and scorching hot, and I was a 13-year old getting to go on a motorcycle ride with my dad, so everything was right with the world. Carefree. Safe.  Read More...

In Memory of Deputy Scott Pine

Deputy Scott Pine, with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, was killed in the line of duty on February 11, 2014. At the age of 34 years old, he left behind the love of his life, three beautiful children and an extended family. Read More...

Team Braylon Finds a Cure

Braylon Streetman, a 3 year old from West Monroe, La., is just like every other little boy, he loves playing outside, swinging, blowing bubbles and watching his favorite movie Toy Story!  “He LOVES Buzz Lightyear,” says his mommy, Brittany.  Things changed for Braylon around July 2014 when he suddenly became very ill. Read More...