Donor Stories

Kiera's Story

Kiera Smith, senior at Junction City High School, submitted a canvas for display at the new El Dorado, Ark. location for Lifeshare Blood Centers. A contest was held among select high school students in the area to depict their interpretation of a life-saving blood drop. Smith says her idea began with the theme “Faces of Life.” She and many of her friends are blood donors, which gave her the inspiration to include pictures of her friends in the illustrated blood “drop.” Read More...

Mikey's Story

Mikey Olds is a student at Shreveport Job Corps who signed up earlier this year for our Be The Match registry. The registry matches potential marrow donors with possible recipients. Mikey never thought after submitting a simple mouth swab, he'd get a callback asking him to give a blood sample that would be tested as a possible match for a bone marrow recipient. Mikey is one of the few people who might be a match for a recipient! If anyone wants more information on how to participate in this program, please visit the Marrow Donation Registry web page. Becoming part of the registry is only a cheek swab away! Read More...

Don's Story

Don Bryant is LifeShare’s first 100-gallon donor. Bryant began donating at 17-years-old alongside his stepfather. In addition to donating, Bryant spends a significant amount of his time volunteering at blood drives and encouraging others to give. Read More...

Like Mother, like Daughter!

Mickaela Boudreaux, a 17-year-old high school student and cheerleader, is also a regular blood donor. She and her mother regularly give plasma and platelets together at LifeShare Blood Centers’ Monroe location. Boudreaux says the reason she gives blood, “I feel really blessed that I have a healthy body and I come from a healthy family; and I love the opportunity to help other people so they can prosper in their lives.” Read More...

Lila's story

When Lila found out that her son Chris was born with hemophilia, she and her husband- neither of whom had been regular blood donors- became regular fixtures at the blood bank. Chris required a lot of ‘cryo’ to stop not only external scrapes and cuts, but internal bleeding from bruises and joint bleeds. To help replenish the blood supply, they made it a point to donate every 8 weeks and encourage their friends and co-workers to do the same. Read More...