Each year, we select a few photos and stories from the Commit for Life photo shoot to share in the Commit for Life calendar. Share your story with us and you could be invited to our next photo shoot!
January 2018 - Jordan
Every family has its own traditions. For 2017 Commit for Life scholarship winner Jordan and her family, donating blood is a long-standing tradition that they couldn’t be more proud to share. Not only does she enjoy donating, she also takes pride in educating others about the need for donations. As she enters college, Jordan is looking forward to continuing the family tradition of saving lives for years to come.
February 2018 - Spring Woods High School
Spring Woods High School is all about saving lives. One of the ways they accomplish this is by hosting four blood drives a year. “The blood drives bring our community together for a great cause, and show them how big of an impact we can have.” Natasha, the group’s sponsor, said. “We enjoy encouraging people to make a difference at an early age. The time to save lives is now.”
March 2018 - Van
Van was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive soft tissue cancer at just 8 years old. Despite the odds, he is now in remission and looks forward to beating his disease. With the support of Commit for Life donors, his family is confident in his future. “Our journey will be a long one, but Van will beat this. He has everything he needs and a fantastic team of doctors,” his mother, Stacie, said.
April 2018 - Ron
Ron has been saving lives by donating blood since his college days. Since a blood donor may only give so many times a year, he decided to take his commitment a step further. He became a Commit for Life volunteer, so he can help save lives at any time. “I am 100 percent committed to the mission of The Blood Center. It is very rewarding to know that I help to save lives,” Ron said.
May 2018 - Katie
Katie suffered life-threatening complications after giving birth to her daughter, Charlotte – complications that required more than five hours of surgery and multiple blood transfusions to save her life. Many people donated in her honor, an act she will never forget. “My family and I are forever grateful for those who Commit for Life. We have been called to make it our life’s mission to educate our community on the importance of giving blood,” Katie said.
June 2018 - Daniel
Without blood donations, Daniel would not have survived a traumatic accident many years ago. His daughter now works for The Blood Center, and his son plans to follow the same career path. Daniel and his family are extremely grateful for Commit for Life donations. “Thanks to donations, I am able to see my family grow. Thank you to all donors for all that you have done,” Daniel said.
July 2018 - Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn seemingly underwent successful scoliosis surgery during the holiday season in 2015. However, after the surgery, her body struggled to recover due to a low red blood cell count. Had it not been for blood transfusions, she would not have healed properly, which could have caused complications. “Thanks to donors taking time to donate during the holidays, blood was available for my daughter. I’m forever grateful to blood donors,” her mom, Katie, said.
August 2018 - Rushi
Regular blood transfusions are lifesaving for Rushi, who was born with a blood disorder and is awaiting a bone marrow transplant. His mother, Nilima, is well aware of the impact that donations have on her son and others like him. “My son gets multiple blood transfusions every three weeks, so I know how important donations are,” she said. “They are helping to keep Rushi alive today.”
September 2018 - Kisa
Sickle cell anemia is a blood disorder that affects nearly 20,000 people per year. Kisa is one of the many individuals battling the disease, and blood transfusions are a critical part of her treatment. Even though her illness derailed her childhood dream of becoming a ballerina, Kisa is excited to be pursuing new dreams, including a career in fashion design, thanks to Commit for Life donors.
October 2018 - David
Thanks to his 20-year law enforcement career, David was as battle-tested as anyone, but nothing could have prepared him for the moment he was diagnosed with cancer. David has undergone chemotherapy and received countless blood transfusions, and he couldn’t be more thankful to those who support him. “Thank you for your blood donations and prayers. I believe both are important,” David said.
November 2018 - Dee
When she was in high school, Dee was part of an organization that hosted blood drives. At that time, she made her first donation and has been in love with helping save lives ever since. “What could be better than giving someone another chance at life and good health?” Dee said. “I’m thankful to be able to help others in such a deep way.”
December 2018 - Sawyer
At 18 months, Sawyer began experiencing symptoms associated with low blood counts, like bruising easily and excessive bleeding from a small cut. She spent two weeks in the hospital and received many blood transfusions. Sawyer’s diagnosis was aHUS, a rare genetic condition, but she is thankfully doing better now. "She is now thriving thanks to blood donations that helped her make a full recovery," her mom, Holly, says.
January 2019 - Danni, Cindy and Rikki
In summer 2016, a rare illness required Rikki to spend more than a month in the hospital. It was a difficult time for her loved ones, but the generosity of those who gave blood was a shining light in the dark. “Thanks to donors of blood, platelets, plasma and source plasma, my sister pulled through and was able to get back to work teaching at-risk students the following school year,” said her sister, Danni.
Cover 2018 - Rosa
It might be hard to tell by looking at their smiling faces, but brothers Jacob and Daniel were both born premature, one year apart. Their medical treatment included extended stays in the hospital and multiple blood transfusions. Commit for Life donations helped to make their smiles possible, and their mom, Rosa, couldn’t be more appreciative. “I am forever grateful for all donors. What they do is nothing short of amazing,” Rosa said.