Commit for Life Vignettes

These Commit for Life vignettes feature testimonials by blood donors, blood recipients and recipients’ family members. Each of the individuals featured has a unique, inspirational story.

There are several ways you can Commit for Life

Bobby's Commit for Life Story

Bobby encourages African-Americans to help sickle cell patients like his daughter, who needs closely matched blood that often comes from donors of the same ethnicity.

Video Length: 2:28

Chris’s Commit for Life Story

Chris learned his cholesterol was high by checking Digital Donor after a donation. Here, he talks about the health benefits of being a blood donor.  

Video Length: 0:33

Enrique’s Commit for Life Story

Enrique talks about donating in honor of his sister, a scoliosis patient who has received blood. 

Video Length: 0:39

John and Lacey’s Commit for Life Story

John and Lacey talk about the role strangers played in saving their son’s life when he needed blood upon being diagnosed with leukemia. 

Video Length: 2:17

Marc and Jade’s Commit for Life Story

Jade was born premature and needed several units of blood as an infant. Her father, Marc, expresses his gratitude for those who made blood available. 

Video Length: 1:05

Mohammed’s Commit for Life Story

Mohammed began giving blood at school and now encourages his classmates to do the same. He talks about the power everyone has to make a difference by donating blood. 

Video Length: 1:00

Shelley’s Commit for Life Story

Shelley discusses how her son, Trey, was diagnosed with cancer as an infant and relied on volunteer blood donors throughout his treatment. 

Video Length: 5:45

Susan’s Commit for Life Story

Susan O’Donnell, a former, longtime DJ at 89.3 KSBJ, is a two-time blood recipient. She expresses her gratitude for blood donors who helped her become a first-time grandmother. 

Video Length: 0:42

Zach and Debbie’s Commit for Life Story

Debbi tells the story of Zach’s cancer diagnosis and the role blood donors played in helping save his life. 

Video Length: 2:04

Blood Center News
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center mourns Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush helped save lives in our community, and we celebrate her lifetime of accomplishments. The former First Lady set the bar high in her commitment to helping others.

Dr. Charles Drew: A Blood Banking Pioneer

Here at The Blood Center, we pride ourselves on being an organization of diversity. We work together to save and sustain lives, and we each bring a unique perspective when it comes to fulfilling our mission.

Tying the knot and saving lives

Hurricane Harvey destroyed homes, cars and many other things, but one thing it couldn’t destroy is the compassion for others in newlywed couple Gilbert and Stefanie Cruz. Gilbert and Stefanie were set to get married just a few days after Harvey passed, but due the storm’s aftermath they had to alter all of their plans on a moment’s notice.

Holiday Hugs

Our Holiday Hugs promotion is in full swing. Thanks to our volunteers coming together to attach the messages of well wishes from donors to the bears, our employees have been able to begin delivering the bears to patients at area hospitals. The process of delivering the bears is a heart-warming experience that every employee who participate really enjoys.


Blood on ambulances helps EMS agencies save more lives

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has partnered with two local agencies providing emergency medical services to help save more lives when time is of the essence, now administering whole blood to patients on the ground.

Donor coaches hit the road sporting new look, features

In the last two years, five of The Blood Center's donor coaches have been refurbished. Find out why this is such an important process.

Circle of Life Bike Tour celebrates life

The Lone Star Circle of Life bike tour visits Texas cities to raise awareness of the need for blood, marrow, organ and tissue donations to honor those impacted by these donation types. This year’s eight-day, 600-mile tour included stops in Houston and College Station.

New Steps, New Rewards in Commit for Life Program Update

Beginning Sept. 6, 2017, the Commit for Life program is changing, to help ensure every donor can be rewarded for contributing. Learn more.

2017 Commit for Life Scholarship Winners

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to announce the 2017 Commit for Life Scholarship recipients.

Blood Center Resources

Our mission is to partner with the community to save and sustain lives by providing a safe supply of blood, blood components and related services.

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