Once a recipient, Rick Dunbar now routinely donates blood

“I want to pay it forward. Blood is precious,” Rick Dunbar of Ocean Park, WA concluded after he finished detailing the harrowing experience he had back in 2000. It's what inspired him to become an avid blood donor. Close to 22 years ago, Rick, a now-retired IT specialist, went through a 5-way coronary artery bypass … Continue reading Once a recipient, Rick Dunbar now routinely donates blood

How Keith Freier thanks the blood donors who saved his life

By Gordon Williams  Keith Freier’s journey toward becoming a champion of Red Cross blood drives began one day a few years ago when he found himself sprawled on the floor, unable to move. He had experienced back pain before, but this was something new. Diagnosis showed he had bone marrow cancer which had made his bones … Continue reading How Keith Freier thanks the blood donors who saved his life

A Yakima mother tells how donated blood saved her son’s life

By Gordon Williams  Americans donate 14 million units of blood and blood products each year--with 40 percent of that collected and processed by the American Red Cross. Every drop of that donated blood has the potential to ease suffering or even to help save a life.  Here is the real-life story of one young man … Continue reading A Yakima mother tells how donated blood saved her son’s life

Blood recipient turned donor: Megan Hall shares her story

William and Megan Hall in Pullman WA, 2021 By Gordon Williams  When Megan Hall of Pullman WA donates blood, it is her way of saying “thank you” to the American Red Cross whose blood collection program helped save her life.   Americans donate nearly 14 million units of blood each year (each unit being around a … Continue reading Blood recipient turned donor: Megan Hall shares her story

For patients with sickle cell disease, blood transfusions are essential

Learn why blood transfusions from donors who are Black may provide best outcomes   Seventeen-year-old Demarus Torrence loves comics and sci-fi movies, and like his favorite superheroes, he’s awfully brave himself. Demarus lives with sickle cell disease, the most common inherited blood disorder, which affects about 100,000 people in the U.S.   What is sickle cell disease?  Sickle cell disease makes red blood cells hard and sickle-shaped … Continue reading For patients with sickle cell disease, blood transfusions are essential