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!
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.
Stanford Blood Center (SBC) is excited to announce the arrival of our newest bloodmobile coach! This spacious, custom-made coach was designed by SBC and features 2 medical history rooms and 4 donor beds. It replaces an older, smaller bus that has been in operation since 2005, which is now retired and has been donated to a good cause.
A blood drive was held on October 18th in honor of John McMordie, a Stanford engineering student who tragically passed away this summer. A beloved son, brother, and friend, John was just 23 years old when he died.
This past August, John was running a half-marathon in his home state of Pennsylvania when he collapsed from heat stroke complications. John was taken to a nearby hospital where he received a large number of blood products as doctors kept him alive over the next several days. His mother, Cheryl, father, Bruce, and sisters Heather and Emily didn’t leave his side during the next five days, which ended up being John’s last.
“Those five days were so important for us to spend with John. Thanks to the generosity of blood and platelet donors [and the care of the medical staff], we were able to say goodbye to him,” John’s sister shares.
Once John had passed and the family began the grieving process, they started discussing ways they could remember John, and give others the opportunity to do the same. A nurse at the hospital mentioned hosting a blood drive as a way to honor his memory.
Jason Khalipa of NC Fit set out to make history with the help of the Crossfit community. His goal was to coordinate with Crossfit gyms across the country to host blood drives and sign up as many bone marrow donors as possible as a way to show support for those diagnosed with blood cancers. NC Fit partnered with Stanford Blood Center (SBC) and Be the Match to launch a blood drive on September 24. The drive was a stunning success – with 171 units of blood products collected, it turned out to be to be SBC’s second largest mobile drive to date.
Jason’s motivation is his daughter Ava. Earlier this year, Ava was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The family was devastated — Ava was only four years old — but Jason would not let cancer defeat his little girl.
He took his fear and turned it into motivation to educate and inspire others.
“Blood donors saved my daughter’s life. When your family experiences such devastation, you tend to look for something to contribute to the situation. For me, that was promoting blood donation and marrow donation as a way to help others,” said Jason.