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!
Calendar Cover 2019 - Nolan
Nolan, 9, was diagnosed with hemophilia at the end of 2017 and had to get a blood transfusion. Since then, he's broken a finger, sprained his wrist and his bruises quickly turn into hematomas. His mom, Mindy, said the family still is trying to find a balance between letting him play like any other boy and being cautious.
January 2019 - Tomas
Tomas was born with a congenital heart defect and has a pacemaker. The first 8 months of his life, he needed platelets. He needed them again at 4 years old and again in his teens. A recent graduate of Channelview High School, Tomas plans to study criminal justice.
February 2019 - Suzanne
Suzanne, director of community relations for KSBJ and former KPRC 2 anchor, had been a donor for years before she was diagnosed with cancer. She never saw herself as a recipient, but that's exactly what happened three years ago. Now, when she looks back, her brain has blocked out much of the negative parts of her experience. Suzanne said she just remembers the overwhelming sense of gratitude she had for the donors who helped save her.
March 2019 - Caden
Caden saw his doctor when he started to develop stomach pains in February 2018. Tests showed his hemoglobin and blood levels were low and he would need not one, but three blood transfusions. He was later diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. A blood drive held in honor of Caden at Conroe High School brought in the most units of blood in school history.
April 2019 - Victoria
Victoria was selected as a 2018 scholarship recipient by The Blood Center. Victoria began donating blood in high school, and she plans to keep it up while attending Texas A&M University.
May 2019 - Lonnie
When Lonnie isn't on his motorcycle as a member of the Harris County Sheriff's Office, he's a known presence at The Blood Center's Champions location. He's been donating blood since he was in college.
June 2019 - Artemio
Life changed dramatically for Artemio and his family when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2016. As the only boy of five children, 6-year-old Artemio is embraced by his sisters for his sensitivity and southern charm. The family has held blood drives at both Artemio and his older sisters' schools.
July 2019 - Quinton
Quinton was hospitalized with endocarditis (a potentially fatal infection of the heart) just months after his wife found out she was pregnant. The condition caused a pulmonary embolism and severely damaged his heart valve. He underwent open heart surgery and received multiple transfusions. He's now a new father.
August 2019 - Brazoswood High School
Brazoswood High School hosted seven blood drives with The Blood Center in one year when most schools host four. During each drive, they brought in hundreds of donors to help save lives in their community. Pictured are Fisher, Katelyn, Dylan and Carolyn.
September 2019 - Jizyah
Jizyah, reigning Miss Houston for the Miss America Organization, was a student at Sam Houston State University studying public health when she first volunteered for Be The Match on campus. The experience ignited a passion in Jizyah to share the importance of donating blood with others.
Oct. 2019 - Curtis
When Curtis first started donating blood, he admits it was for the free T-shirts. Then, he received a phone call telling him he was saving lives. That changed everything. Donating blood is now a family affair. His sons, C.J. and Curshawn — who just turned 16 — now join him. Nevaeh, Curtis' youngest, isn't old enough to donate yet, but he assures she will when the time comes.
November 2019 - Ashleigh
Ashleigh, 17, is a survivor of a rare salivary gland cancer, but that's not why she supports donating blood. Two years ago, a good friend died from cancer. The death hit Ashleigh hard, and now she just wants to help save people.
December 2019 - Nathan
After more than a year of battling leukemia, 5-year-old Nathan is excited to join his sister at school. Now in remission, Nathan's mom said he's always smiling, dancing and singing. They try to host blood drives at his school at least once a year.
January 2020 - Clayton
Clayton, 21, is a fourth-generation pilot and a third-generation agricultural aviator. At the age of 19, in the early stages of his career, Clayton was involved in a nearly fatal plane crash due to a loss of engine power, which resulted in him requiring 80 units of blood to recover. To date, blood drives in his honor have collected 145 units of blood. Clayton and his family thank everyone who takes the time to donate blood through Commit for Life. Because of donors like you, he received a second chance at life.