Archive for the ‘Donors’ Category

Saving Lives is a Family Affair

Friday, June 1st, 2012

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!

Houston Aeros Prize Pack Winner

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Congratulations to Raisa Estrada, our Houston Aeros blood drive prize pack winner! She was entered in the drawing when she donated March 16 at the Houston Aeros blood drive at Toyota Center. A longtime Aeros blood donor, she was excited to win a prize pack that included a Houston Aeros blanket, two ball caps, two T-shirts, four tickets to each of two Houston Aeros home games and a set of two bobble heads!

Thanks to Raisa and all who participated in the Houston Aeros blood drive for helping save lives!

Glenn Speight Becomes the 23rd Donor to Give 100 Gallons

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

While donating his 100th gallon, Speight chats with his mother, Ceole Speight, who was recently a blood recipient herself during open heart surgery.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, 61-year-old Montgomery resident Glenn Speight became the 23rd blood donor in the Texas Gulf Coast region to reach the 100-gallon donation mark. Speight has been donating for more than 30 years and on Tuesday, made his 800th donation.

“I first donated with my dad because a friend of his needed blood,” Speight said. “The donor center staff asked me to come back – before that I’d never thought of donating blood as a regular thing. I’ve seen firsthand how blood donations help save lives, and I’ve just made a habit of donating.”

In his 30-plus years of donating, Speight has helped save countless lives in our community, and he’s now part of three generations of giving, as his own son is a blood donor too. Speight usually donates platelets– a blood component that is often used to help cancer patients. Because the body produces platelets faster than other blood components, they can be given frequently – every seven days up to 24 times a year – which allowed Speight to accrue an incredible record of giving.

Last year, Speight, an Operations Manager at CenterPoint Energy, made it his goal to reach the 100-gallon donation mark before either he – or his longtime boss – retired. CenterPoint Energy is a big supporter of saving lives through blood donations, hosting nearly 200 blood drives with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center every year. When Speight made his 100-gallon donation, friends, family, co-workers, Blood Center staff, and his boss all gathered at the Bill T. Teague Neighborhood Donor Center to help celebrate.

Community Will Pay Tribute to Fallen Deputy at Memorial Blood Drive

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The Blood Center and Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office team up to honor the memory of Deputy John D. Norsworthy. Pictured: Sheriff Milton Wright, Director of Donor Recruitment Theresa Pina, Melissa Norsworthy, Chief Deputy Craig Brady and Donor Recruitment Coordinator Brenda DeFrayne

Late last December, after Christmas and the end of the typical holiday giving season, blood donors in our community stepped up to give back in a big way.

The catalyst was an auto accident that injured Deputy John D. Norsworthy of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Norsworthy needed blood immediately, and individuals all over Fort Bend County and beyond responded to the call for donations.

During his hospitalization, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center received more than 660 blood donations in his name from individuals wanting to help. As a result, blood was not only available for doctors trying to save the deputy’s life, but for countless other patients throughout the Texas Gulf Coast region. Tragically, Deputy Norsworthy succumbed to his injuries on Jan. 4, 2011.

This Dec. 27, the one-year anniversary of his accident, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office will host its first-ever Deputy John D. Norsworthy Memorial Blood Drive to honor the memory of the deputy. The group hopes to make it an annual event.

“Helping other people was what my husband was all about,” Melissa Norsworthy, his wife of 19 years, said. “If we can take that day and turn it into something good, I think that’s what he would want to do.”

The Deputy John D. Norsworthy Memorial Blood Drive will be held:
Tuesday, Dec. 27 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office – Grand Hall
1410 Williams Way
Richmond, Texas 77469

Schedule your donation online or call 1(888) 482-5663. The sponsor code for the drive is 5642.

Congratulations to Our October Getaway Winner!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Thanks to everyone who helped save lives in September and October! All who donated or attempted to donate during these months were entered in the Commit for Life Getaway drawing for a $500 gift card from Southwest Airlines. Through a random drawing, we selected our October winner and presented the gift card today.

Congratulations to Louise Casey-Clukey of The Woodlands!

Casey-Clukey, who teaches biology at Lone Star College in Montgomery, donates regularly at the campus’ blood drives and encourages her students to roll up their sleeves as well. “I am a big believer in donating blood,” she says. Although she never expected to win a prize for her good deeds, she is looking forward to enjoying her Commit for Life Getaway to Washington, D.C.

On behalf of the patients who benefited from your donations in September and October, The Blood Center thanks everyone who donated. Don’t forget our long-running holiday promotion, Holiday Hugs, is in full swing at blood drives and Neighborhood Donor Centers – so schedule your next appointment now and write a note of well-wishes for a patient when make your blood donation.

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