Commit for Life Blog

ExxonMobil Employees Win Astros Tickets for Saving Lives

In thanks for their commitment to saving lives, two lucky ExxonMobil employees won Houston Astros tickets in August! All ExxonMobil employees who donated during the company’s July and/or August blood drives were entered into the drawing for the tickets, which were donated by a supportive member of ExxonMobil leadership.

Multiple ExxonMobil sites Commit for Life by hosting blood drives at least four times a year. Thanks to ExxonMobil employees for your ongoing commitment to saving lives!

Conroe Blood Drive Group Opens New Facility

Lone Star Family Health Center in Conroe celebrates the grand opening of their new facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Congratulations to Lone Star Family Health Center in Conroe on the grand opening of their new facility in June!

Lone Star Family Health Center is the only federally qualified health center (FQHC) in the Montgomery County area. Many of the patients who are treated at a FQHC are treated regardless of their insurance status.

The center began hosting blood drives with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in August 2011, and their next blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can make an appointment to donate by visiting and logging on to Digital Donor or by calling 1(888) 482-5663.

“We look forward to many more successful blood drives with Lone Star Family Health Center,” said Donor Recruitment Coordinator Gary Moore, who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the center’s new facility. “Congratulations to the center on their beautiful new facility, which will enable them to help so many more people in the Montgomery county area.”

Saving Lives is a Family Affair

On Wednesday, May 30, at Memorial Hermann Imaging Center in Pearland, the blood drive co-chair, Saralynne Williams, made saving lives a family affair! Along with her son, Christopher, pictured here, her husband and daughter donated. Thanks, Saralynne and family for making our first blood drive with the group a great one!

Sister’s Need Inspires Recommitment to Giving

Our Continue the Commitment promotion ended March 31, and we received some AMAZING stories from Commit for Life donors and recipients. Thank you to everyone who shared their story! If you submitted a story, you may be hearing from us regarding additional opportunities to inspire others to Commit for Life – like speaking engagements and our photo shoot.

Our final winning story in this year’s promotion was submitted by Justin Schwausch, whose commitment was renewed when his sister became a recipient.

A few years ago, we had a blood drive at my college. I didn’t think anything of it, went, and donated. Now, years later, my little sister, Jessica Schwausch, has been diagnosed with stomach cancer, and due to bleeding of her tumor has required receiving over 30 units of blood. Now every eight weeks I will not only give blood, but also host a blood drive to get as much as possible donated.

Committing for Life for me simply means committing to save a life. My blood may not go directly to my sister, but someone is in need. There are those that are less fortunate and aren’t able to give. The importance of donating is so substantial that it really cannot be put into words. My sister wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for individuals who donate, and I hope that I can be that saving grace for a family by my donation as so many have been for me.

Thank you, Justin, for sharing your story and for Committing for Life!

Making a BIG Difference

Group photo: Jessica Miller, Elizabeth Chica Liliana Guerrero (with baby Cameron Miller), Grace Frias, Ronda McKnight, Aretha Price and Everitt Lang. Bottom row: Jackie Hanebuth; Chanc and Dionne LeJeaune; Jessica and Cameron Miller

The Commit for Life blood drives at Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital – Katy are going strong! This Easter-themed drive collected 27 units.

“As a Nurse and Teacher, we Commit for Life because we know the smallest of things can make a BIG difference,” said Chanc LeJeaune, pictured with his wife at bottom center.

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