As patient needs have evolved, so have the ways that blood donors are able to help. The Commit for Life program was updated in late 2015 to reflect the changing daily needs of patients. This program ensures donors are recognized for giving the most essential blood components - helping area patients receive the donations they need!
Alyssa was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 12 but triumphed over the cancer after a year and a half. In that time she received numerous platelets transfusions. Today Alyssa is enjoying being a teenager. "I will be forever gracious for the Commit for Life donors who gave me that boost to continue fighting," she says.
When Tellina arrived at the hospital to give birth to her second child, she expected a normal delivery. Instead, she woke up three days later to learn she had experienced unforeseen complications. Plasma is a lfiesaver for patients who are in danger of losing too much blood. “Thanks to blood donors, I am here for my two children and family,” Tellina says.
Born premature, little Presley faced a series of illnesses very early in life. After 12 weeks in the NICU, doctors performed surgery to close a hole in her heart that required red blood cells. She has been a blood recipient many more times, but is doing well today. “We are so grateful to those who donate. Without them, Presley might not be here today,” her mom, Ashlie, said.
Mark has battled illness since he was a baby, and he receives a variety of treatments for his conditions. One medicine, called IVIG, is created from source plasma. Individuals who donate source plasma are lifesavers for Mark, and his family is grateful. "Mark would probably not be alive today if he wasn't able to get IVIG routinely,” said Mark’s mother, Margaret.