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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...

Wytanna Encourages African-American Blood Donors to Give

16-year old, Wytanna Welch doesn’t let many things slow her down, even Sickle Cell Anemia, an illness she was diagnosed with as an infant. At just 3 years old, Wytanna started receiving blood transfusions every 4 weeks to help manage her illness. “She’s had too many blood transfusions to count,” says mother Nhyesha Shaw. Read More...

Michelle's Search for a Match

In the summer of 2014, when Winnsboro, La. resident Michelle Baker started having issues with her ears, she never imagined it would lead to a diagnosis of cancer. Read More...

Kyra Battles Sickle Cell

At just 11 years old, Kyra Wilson, is no stranger to blood transfusions. Kyra was born with Sickle Cell Anemia, a blood disorder that affects her red blood cells. “I really didn’t even know exactly what Sickle Cell was, until I found out Kyra had it,” explains mom, Karen Wilson. Read More...