Archive for April, 2012

Sister’s Need Inspires Recommitment to Giving

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

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.

Saving Lives in Fort Bend County

Monday, April 9th, 2012

CenterPoint Energy hosted a community blood drive in Fort Bend County earlier this month, and shared these photos with us.

The drive collected 50 units – enough to help save as many as 150 lives! The chairpersons for this drive told us, “It feels good to be a part of a community blood drive – we know the importance of having enough blood available. It’s wonderful that when you host a convenient blood drive like this, so many people are willing to come out and give.”

Are you interested in hosting a blood drive in your community? Give us a call at (713) 791-6670, or visit our website to learn more: http://www.giveblood.org/cfl/group.

Thanks to all who donated, and special thanks to Jeanette, Connie and CenterPoint Energy for making this such a successful blood drive!

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