New Brazos Valley Donor Coach Has Special Ties to A&M
When Shelley gave blood for the very first time in 1994 on a donor coach on the Texas A&M campus, she never imagined that seven years later her infant son, Trey, would receive several life-saving blood transfusions while being treated for cancer at just 5 weeks old.
Thanks in part to the generosity of anonymous, volunteer blood donors, Trey is a happy, healthy young man. Now, their story is coming full circle: Shelley, BBA ’97, and Trey are featured on the side of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s newest donor coach. The coach arrived at The Blood Center of Brazos Valley on July 23, and will be traveling to blood drives across nine counties in Brazos Valley, including blood drives at Texas A&M University!
“It is such an honor to be a part of something that will save so many lives,” Shelley said. “I'll never stop wishing that Trey didn't have cancer or need blood, but it helps to see that good really can come from bad. I am so grateful to The Blood Center for saving my son's life and I promise that I will never stop trying to say thank you to blood donors everywhere!”
The 40-foot-long donor coach features two screening rooms and four beds with automated collection technology and personal television sets at every bed. Each coach can collect as many as 5,000 blood donations per year, saving up to 15,000 lives. In 2011, more than 500 blood drives were held in the Brazos Valley region.
The Blood Center also received a new donor coach for the Gulf Coast region on July 25. Donor coaches are essential to The Blood Center's mission of helping save lives because they offer donors a convenient place to donate. Each year, The Blood Center conducts more than 7,000 blood drives at churches, schools and businesses throughout the Gulf Coast, East Texas and Brazos Valley regions.
If you’re interested in hosting a blood drive, please visit our Commit for Life Group Program page.