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The Gift of Life: A Blood Recipient’s Poem of Gratitude

In 1998, Christi Mead Nielsen’s life was first touched by American Red Cross blood donors when she had two valves in her heart replaced. Over the next 12 years, she received more than 50 blood transfusions, all from generous volunteer blood donors. Christi passed away in September 2010 at the age of 47 after many […]

Why Blood Donors Are My Heroes

Post written by Joey Hoffman, mother of a blood recipient. On February 8, 2003, my daughter, Daisy, received her first blood transfusion immediately after birth. It helped save her life – as did countless other transfusions over the years. At eight weeks in utero, Daisy was diagnosed with gastroschisis, a congenital condition in which her […]

If I can give blood, so can you.

Originally written by Vivi Engen, American Red Cross Intern, Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can find the original story here.  Help prevent a seasonal blood supply shortage: A seasonal blood donation decline is common during the summer. Currently, the Red Cross has an urgent need for type AB blood to help replenish the plasma supply. Blood donors […]

International Youth Day: Carolyn’s Powerful Survival Story

August 12 is International Youth Day! And the American Red Cross is celebrating our young partners like Carolyn Strzalka, President of the Red Cross Club at the University of Michigan. Carolyn is a blood recipient, a donor and a Red Cross volunteer. Here’s Carolyn’s Inspiring Story: In high school I was an active student. I […]

Blood Recipient Profile: Joshua Dri and Summer Blood Donations

Summer can be a busy time of year with family vacations, pool parties and other fun activities. But patients like 6-year-old Joshua Dri, of Cumming, Georgia, don’t get a summer vacation from needing blood. He’s counting on the generosity of Red Cross blood donors to continue donating through the summer, so he can enjoy the fun […]

The Barton Report: May Podcast

Welcome to The Barton Report, a podcast brought to you by the American Red Cross. Check Out Education Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The Barton Report on BlogTalkRadio Listen here if you have issues with the above player. This month we’re covering lots of topics to get you ready for this summer. Tune in […]

Moms Give Thanks for Blood Donors: “I’m So Lucky”

This Mother’s Day, two women share their heartfelt thanks for blood donors who saved their lives. Noelle Gardner In June 1994, when she was 28 years old, Noelle Gardner hemorrhaged while giving birth to her son. Blood donations helped save her life. In a video submitted to the Red Cross, Noelle and her family share […]

Brian Boyle Beats the Odds: C&O Canal 100 Mile Ultramarathon

Post by Steve Mavica, External Communications Manager, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region Author, American Red Cross blood recipient and national volunteer spokesman Brian Boyle continued his miraculous comeback from a horrific 2004 auto accident by successfully completing the C&O Canal 100 Mile Ultramarathon in Knoxville, Maryland, on April 26. Brian dedicated each mile of […]

Satirical Fodder, Yet Again (Hi ClickHole!)

You have just one day to meet our goal to fill the Grand Canyon with blood! At least, that’s what ClickHole wants you to think. A satirical website (count it in the same vein as our beloved The Onion) has yet again focused on the American Red Cross, and what a worthy cause they chose! […]

From the Archives for Women’s History Month: “Marjorie Bonynge and Volunteer Partnership in World War II”

Along with many other New York City residents, Marjorie Bonynge went to Pier 88 on West 49 Street to see the wreckage of the French liner SS Normandie which had caught fire and capsized while being converted into a U.S. troop transport. The burning of the ship in February 1942, just two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the […]