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Robin's Story

I helped organize a blood drive at Louisiana State University recently partly because I wanted to help a community organization but, more important, because I received 13 pints of blood when I was ill and want to start giving back. Read More...

Why We Give

Sam and I had a "perfect" life...almost. We were blissfully in our own world until one day about 10 years ago when we were made keenly aware of the need for platelet donations. Read More...

How Helen Inspired a New Donor

My name is Brandon Forgey. I am Helen Forgey's father. I would love to share my story with you and anyone who is on the fence about donating blood. Read More...

Alicia's Story

My name is Alicia McLelland Gilbert. I am thirty-three years old. I almost did not make it past thirty-two. My life was saved by a blood transfusion. I received six pints of blood at Christus St. Michael Texarkana in August of 2012. I walked into the ER just two hours away from bleeding to death internally. Read More...

Hundreds of Blood Donors Help a Hero

Born on D-Day, Mike Hogan was raised in Northwest Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech University before entering the Air Force. In his early 20s, Mike’s service to our country included two combat tours of duty in the Vietnam War. Flying the F4 Phantom, his bravery and service was recognized with 19 air medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. Read More...

Who Uses Blood and Why? by Philip Seaman

One out of every seven people who enter the hospital will need blood, but who gets that blood? Blood and its components are used for a number of different medical purposes. Read More...

A Chance Occurrance

Life is a complex adventure consisting of many different events and circumstances. From the mundane to extraordinary, our lives can take us on many different journeys. Some of these occasions can be planned out and others, sometimes the most wonderful paths and occurrences, are uncharted and happen by chance. An occurrence refers to something taking place or coming to pass. The word chance can be perceived many different ways. It has been defined as an unpredictable event, a favorable set of circumstances, luck, and an opportunity. Read More...

My Great-Grandfather's Death Certificate Lead To My HHT Diagnosis

My great-grandfather, Benjiman Grimmett, struggled with bleeding problems all of his life. However, bleeding was not an abnormal occurrence to my great-grandfather. Benjiman’s mother also suffered from horrible nosebleeds, and bleeding was a normal thing in the Grimmett family. Even though my great-grandfather suffered from nosebleeds all of his life, as he became older his bleeding worsened. By the time he reached his seventies he began to require blood transfusions. His bleeding became worse and worse, and in 1974, at the age of 79, he passed away from the consequences of internal bleeding. My grandfather and father also inherited this bleeding condition and continued to live with the annoying daily nosebleeds. Read More...

Be part of Cancer Research Today for a Cancer-Free Tomorrow

Cancer is a word heard too often here at LifeShare Blood Centers and in our community. That is why we are fighting back against this disease with the American Cancer Society by encouraging you to consider taking part in the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Knowing the importance of cancer research, LifeShare has agreed to be a promotional partner for the study in the North Louisiana area. We are extending this message to encourage everyone in the area to be a Community Champion and/or enroll in the study. Read More...

Blood Makes A Difference

Dantrell K. Howard was first diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia at 8 years old by her sister who was going to school during that time to become a phlebotomist. “We always wondered why I would get so lethargic as a kid. I would get real bad stomach aches and fever,” says Dantrell. After being diagnosed, Dantrell began receiving treatment at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport; LifeShare, through local donors, is the exclusive supplier of blood to LSUMC – Shreveport. Blood and exchange transfusions help Dantrell manage this disease and improve her quality of life. “After receiving blood,” Dantrell says, “I’m ready to do whatever. I have so much energy.” Read More...