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Blood Recipient Turned Donor Hero

On December 3, 2000 a dramatic event changed my life forever. Three friends and I were preparing to head home from a morning duck hunt on Millwood Lake just miles north of Ashdown, Arkansas, when a loaded 12 gauge shotgun accidentally discharged directly into the back of my left leg several inches above my knee severing my femur bone, and artery. Read More...

UPDATE: AJ's Army Hunts for a Match

AJ Hennerichs from Clinton, La. was just like any other 2 year-old boy, an endless ball of energy, until he got sick. Read More...

Blood Donors Save Infants' Lives

Our story began a little over 3 years ago when our oldest daughter was born via urgent c-section and quickly found to be in critical condition with full body bruising, petechiae, and a small brain bleed. Read More...

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...