By: Charvee Sharma The power to save hundreds of lives lies with those who choose to go the extra mile and make a difference. Susannah Gillespie, a high school student from Camas High School in SW Washington, is one such champion. She donned a leadership hat to help support the critical need for blood. As part of the American Red Cross Leaders Save Lives program, Susannah helped collect 29 pints … Continue reading Washington High School Student earns scholarship by hosting blood drive
Why I Donate Blood: Crystal Mounsey
. I have been told my whole life that couldn’t donate blood. Now at the age of 46, I realized I had no clue why. Earlier in the year, my mother took a fall, shattering her hip and breaking her leg in three places. Both of the injuries required surgery. And during two of the surgeries, she … Continue reading Why I Donate Blood: Crystal Mounsey
Why I donate blood: DeFrance Clarke
Blood is a precious resource but has a limited shelf life. With blood donations slowing down during the holiday season, maintaining an adequate blood supply becomes even more critical in helping yield life-saving blood products for surgical procedures, traumatic injuries, and chronic illnesses.
A High School Experience Became the Catalyst for this Red Cross Phlebotomist’s Career
Daniel Lambson was motivated to become a phlebotomist “to help people…to save lives.” That motivation, in part, stemmed from a personal experience.
Why I donate blood: Kathleen Lappe
Kathleen Lappe's brother was only eight years old when he was diagnosed with a staph infection and as a result had to go undergo several major operations. This harrowing experience of watching her baby brother spend many weeks in the hospital to get blood transfusions became Kathleen's motivation to becoming a blood donor.
He’s driven over 60,000 miles. He’s volunteered countless hours. All for lifesaving deliveries.
“When you get to a hospital someplace at eleven o'clock at night” and the staff meets you at the front door to rush the blood you are transporting inside, it's “because someone in that hospital needs help now. So, there is a sense of doing something good for people.”
Why I donate blood: Janet Spangle
By Charvee Sharma, American Red Cross Volunteer A little competition is always healthy, more so when it involves saving lives! And that’s the spirit behind Janet Spangle’s pursuit to donate blood. As a young child, Janet grew up watching her firefighter dad accomplish the 50-gallon mark, an achievement only a few donors across the US … Continue reading Why I donate blood: Janet Spangle
Why I donate: Jesseica Elliott
Jesseica Elliott, of LaCenter Washington, recently donated blood with the American Red Cross and encourages others to do the same. What motivated her? Read on. "I love helping people. Knowing how crucial my blood type is in emergency settings, my heart just guided me right up to that big red and white bus. In a … Continue reading Why I donate: Jesseica Elliott
Governor Jay Inslee proclaims September 2022, Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month in Washington
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed September 2022 Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. Read the full text of the proclamation here.
Why I donate blood: Tim Jennings
Tim Jennings is a Registered Nurse at Yakima Valley Memorial (rockin' his scrubs, we might add!). He recently donated blood at an American Red Cross blood drive in Kittitas County. As a medical worker, he has first-hand knowledge of how blood products make a difference in the lives of people in need. Which is why … Continue reading Why I donate blood: Tim Jennings