Many people rarely think about their blood type — most don’t even know their blood type. But if that “type” were to go missing in everyday life, people would start to pay closer attention to the need for blood. That’s why this August, blood centers around the world including Stanford Blood Center (SBC) will be removing the letters A, B and O (the blood groups) from places of high interest, hoping to create engagement and awareness of the importance of giving blood.
Many donors, staff and volunteers will remember the friendly face of Jacqueline “Jackie” Light, who was a registrar at our center locations. She passed away peacefully on May 21, 2016. She was born in San Francisco, and married the love of her life, Wallace, on January 15, 1946; the same day she was honorably discharged after serving three years as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps.
Jackie was very proud of her career of twenty plus years at Stanford Blood Center (SBC), which she always thought of as a second family. SBC staff even designated a “Jackie Light Day” to celebrate the wonderful person she was and all that she contributed to the team. Some staff members shared a few of their fondest memories of Jackie:
The Lucile Packard Transplant Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCHS) has performed more pediatric organ transplants over the last five years than any other U.S. Center, according to data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). With over 25 years experience in transplant medicine, LPCHS has tackled and overcome many surgical challenges, saving over 1,600 lives.
It is not just the skill of the medical staff that makes Packard Children’s such an exceptional organization, it is also the resources they offer to young transplant patients and their families that show the true passion and caring of the organization. One such resource is the Annual Solid Organ Transplant Camp, which offers transplant recipients at Packard Children’s a chance to be a kid, not just a patient.
The statistics are staggering: According to United Friends of the Children, an organization that helps foster youth thrive in society, 70% of all California State Prison inmates are former foster youth, and 36% become homeless within 18 months of emancipation.
Jim Gardner saw a need to address this issue by offering assistance to young adults leaving foster care and steering them away from a life of crime and/or homelessness. So he started Good Karma Bikes, a San Jose bicycle repair shop devoted to promoting “360 degrees of good karma.” Instead of monetary payment for services, Jim asks that customers do something to benefit someone else — to pay it forward.
Stanford Blood Center (SBC) is proud to be the provider of blood products for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, an organization that delivers care to more than 500,000 patients each year. The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health — an organization devoted to fundraising for the hospital — helps raise money for a variety of programs, including cancer research, autism research, and Lucile Packard Children’s Fund, just to name a few.
One of the largest and most enjoyable fundraising events coordinated by the Packard Foundation is the annual Summer Scamper 5k, 10k and kids’ fun run; and on June 19, SBC showed our support by participating the 6th annual Summer Scamper as an event sponsor.
Team SBC grabbed their running shoes and showed up bright and early to walk/run for children’s health. We also had a great time spinning the prize wheel, meeting many of the supporters that came out to the event, and talking about the impact that SBC blood donors have on the children and expectant mothers treated at Packard Children’s.
You can support pediatric patients by making an appointment to donate. Please visit sbcdonor.org.