For the second year in a row, Stanford Blood Center (SBC) is excited to be part of one San Jose’s largest community events, Christmas in the Park. This local tradition draws over 500,000 visitors from Thanksgiving to the New Year and is a great way for SBC to showcase who we are and the important work we do in the community — and spread a little cheer while we’re at it!
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At Stanford Blood Center (SBC), we take our job of helping save lives very seriously. Each day, we focus on providing blood products to our partner hospitals so that they may serve local patients. Without the support of so many incredible donors, this would not be possible, which is why several times throughout the year, SBC staff makes it a priority to give back to our community.
For over 15 years, SBC has committed to sponsoring a variety of drives to benefit charitable organizations. Every year we host food, toy, clothing and school supply drives. Some of the beneficiaries we’ve donated to include local organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank, Innvision, Operation Gratitude, the Family Giving Tree and other local organizations.
For our 2014 Give Good campaign, Stanford Blood Center partnered with BayKids Studios – a nonprofit who helps children facing long-term hospitalization empower themselves through filmmaking. Our Give Good contributions went toward funding a film made by Danica, a young girl who received a kidney transplant at age nine.
Sunday, October 16, SBC’s Jonathan Bautista and Vanessa Merina joined in celebrating Danica’s (along with seven other children’s) incredible accomplishments as they premiered their films at the annual Lucasfilm Baykids Studio Premiere. The event was quite a success – a red carpet was rolled out to welcome the young filmmakers, a lineup of speakers talked about the process of filmmaking, and a reception was held afterward for the kids and their guests. The children were even given gold statuette awards, just like the Oscars!
Stanford Blood Center (SBC) may be best known for collecting blood products for patient use at our partner hospitals, including Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, but there is another extraordinarily important life-saving function performed by SBC; it’s called human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing, which matches donors with recipients needing a bone marrow or organ transplant.
SBC’s Dr. Fernandez-Viña and Dr. Dolly Tyan, Co-directors of our HLA Lab, have been on the forefront of HLA and Immunogenetics research throughout their careers, driving advancements in technology and methods of typing, implementing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), and significantly improving the success of transplantations both locally and world-wide. This year, the HLA Lab welcomes Dr. Daniel Ramon as Medical Director, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the field.
Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family, but mostly for food! While Thanksgiving dinner is a well-deserved indulgence, some might be looking for ways to make their meals a little healthier. But just because you want to stay healthy, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste. The health of our donors is of the utmost importance to us at Stanford Blood Center, so we’ve come up with a list of five alternatives to make your Thanksgiving dinner both healthy and delicious.
You can’t have Thanksgiving without turkey, but there’s no need to slather it in butter to get maximum flavor. For a low-sodium, low-fat turkey that still tickles your taste buds, try this recipe for Lemon-Garlic Roast Turkey from EatingWell Magazine. For an extra-healthy option, swap the sodium-heavy supermarket turkey for an organic bird.