Recipient Stories

Dylan Broussard

Dylan Broussard, of Carlyss, LA was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in October 2016. Tests have revealed that the cancer has spread over 79% of his body. After the initial shock, Dylan realized that he has to be STRONG to win this battle and needs the support of others in his fight. Dylan is a senior in high school and enjoys working out and spending time with his family and friends. Dylan lost his grandfather to cancer in March and his grandmother was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Leukemia. Read More...

Lauren Edwards

Hey y’all, my name is Lauren Edwards! About one year ago I was involved in a car accident that led to many injuries, three months in the hospital and many physical and occupational therapy appointments that lasted several months after being discharged from the hospital. Some of the injuries that I received because of my accident were a traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, broken nose, broken femur, a broken jaw (in 3 places), and I lost all vision in my left eye due to nerve damage.  Read More...

Mike McCoskey

Mike's journey began a few years ago when he first realized he was sick. What started out as a suspected stomach bug began a 5-day stay in the hospital where he was ultimately diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease is common and, for most people, causes no signs and symptoms and no complications. But in some people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the fat that accumulates can cause inflammation and scarring in the liver.  Read More...

Kyra Wilson

11-year old Kyra Wilson, from Shreveport, LA was born with Sickle Cell Anemia; at age 6 she started receiving blood transfusions to manage her illness. Kyra receives a transfusion every 3 weeks to keep her healthy and out of the hospital. Kyra is a cheerleader at her school, an active member of 4H and a graduate of the Starbase program and is sponsored by the Citywide Class of 1986 Reunion. Read More...

Taylor's Story

On April 18, 2013 Taylor Fogo gave birth to their fourth child, Ellie. Taylor was 33 years old at the time, and during natural childbirth, complications arose. Afterwards, the bleeding would not stop, and Taylor’s body developed a condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), which means normal clotting is disrupted and severe bleeding can occur.  Read More...

Justen Yerger

It was opening day of dove season in 1997 when 19 year old Justen Yerger leaned his shotgun against the bumper of his truck. The gun slid, fired and hit Justen in the leg piercing his femoral artery. Bleeding profusely, Justen managed to get to the cab of his truck and duct tape his injured leg. A passerby rushed Justen to the nearest hospital where months of surgeries and rehab took place. Read More...

Steven's Story

My name is Steven Calhoun. I’m a 26-year-old NOBTS graduate going for my Masters Degree. I live with my parents and my little brother, Aaron. My story started when I was 4 and diagnosed with seizure disorder. As I have gotten older my seizures have worsened. I had brain surgery in 2012 and was seizure free for 9 months. Then my seizures came back with a vengeance.  Read More...

Triplets' Journey with Sickle Cell Anemia

Triplets Raeleia, Raeginelle and Raelennia all deal with sickle cell anemia; Raeginelle and Raelennia both have the disease while their sister Raeleia has sickle cell trait. From six-months to 18 years old, Raeginelle and Raelennia each have received a transfusion every month. However, they currently do not receive routine transfusions to manage their disease. Read More...

Robert's Story

In 2003, Robert went to visit his first grandson at two weeks old. During that time, he suddenly passed out and was determined to be hemorrhaging from an esophageal tear. Fortunately, the blood was there when he needed it. Robert, who is a 15-year employee of LifeShare Blood Centers said, "I have been asking people to donate for years...but I never thought it would be me." Read More...

Joshua's Story

At two years old Joshua was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia. By the time he was nine his body was in crisis and he was hospitalized. Joshua's mother watches for warning signs such as yellowing eyes, lack of energy, and discoloration and he has also suffered from acute chest syndrome. Read More...