Testimonials

Read the heart-warming stories submitted by individuals and their families and learn how blood donations made a life-saving impact on their lives.  Your donation will Save a Life. Right Here, Right Now.

photoChristine Concepcion, Recipient

“Keep donating!  Your selfless contribution and effort allowed me to be home taking care of my daughter.  I’m so grateful to be here for her.” 
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photoTeressa Johnson, Recipient

“I’d donate if I could. I know what would have happened to me if it hadn’t been there when I needed it.”
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photoJohn O'Hara, Recipient

“The Fire Fighters and EMT kept me alive initially, but without the blood transfusions, I wouldn’t be alive today and wouldn’t have the wonderful family I do now.” 
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photoSgt. Joy Colmar, Donor

“My life is about serving people,“ she says, “and giving blood is another way to do that.“
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photoChief Rennick, Jefferson City, MO, Fire Department, Donor

Giving blood is no fun, right? Chief Robert Rennick of the Jefferson City, Missouri, Fire Department would disagree.
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photoCarson, Recipient

Kids get sick. And when 7-year-old Carson felt bad and started running a fever, his parents, Pamela and Joe, thought it was just a virus. But it didn't go away. In fact, it got worse, until Carson had to go to the hospital.
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photoMacy and Cole, Recipients

The doctor had never seen red blood cell numbers as bad. Two-year-old Cole was in acute kidney failure. He couldn't get rid of the fluid that was quickly stealing his ability to breathe.
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photoDenise, Recipient

Because Denise was experiencing placenta previa she was scheduled for a Caesarian section. Everything seemed to be going well until she heard her new baby cry. At that instant, she began to have trouble breathing.
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photoDoug Myers, M.D., Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

Dr. Myers is familiar with desperate situations. His patients are children, often suffering from leukemia or lymphoma, for whom chemotherapy has been, for one reason or another, ineffective.
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photoTerri

“My faith and family have been pivotal in my recovery. But the blood transfusions are what saved my life.”
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photoJulie, Recipient

“I hated the idea of the needle. But what the blood is for outweighs what little pain you might go through.”
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photoCharli, Donor

About giving blood for the first time in her life, “It’s for a good cause—to save someone’s life. And it’s simple.”
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photoPaul, Donor

“It doesn’t take a lot of time to save a life… The life you save more than likely won’t be anyone you know, but that life you’re saving is someone’s mother or father or son or daughter or friend. Every one of us is important to somebody.”
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photoMichael, Donor

“I know every time I leave the blood center I feel like I have temporarily done my part. It’s a small way not only to serve your community but to give back a little bit.”
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photoSean & Airica, Donor and Recipient

“I give blood pretty regularly, but I didn’t realize how important it is to give until my own daughter, Airica, needed blood when she was born. It really hit home then.”
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photoEmaline, Recipient

“The surgeon and the medical staff are so important... But if it weren’t for the blood donor, it would go for nothing. The importance of a blood donor is no less important than the skills and performance of the surgeon.”
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photoDylan, Recipient

Blood donations from Community Blood Center helped Dylan fight leukemia.
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photoTom, Donor, Recipient

Tom often encourages people to donate blood.  He wants to give back, because when he was in need, someone gave for him.  He believes that by giving or donating blood, you can help someone – perhaps a loved one, a family member, or just someone who needs a unit of blood for life.
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photoChristine, Recipient

“Giving blood is life saving. And receiving blood is safe. I wouldn’t be here if people hadn’t given blood, and I’m very grateful.”
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photoFirefighters

“It's incumbent on us to give when we can. There's such a big drive to do it when you think about the number of people who need blood.”
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photoKevin, Recipient, Volunteer

“For me, every day is a gift because 16 people like you gave blood.”
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photoJoni, Donor, Recipient

“I’d been using Suzanne’s story for years to get people to give blood... Now I have another story. Giving blood is giving a great gift, a life-saving gift. Everyone who can should do it.
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photoBrett, Recipient

... Janet knows that one important reason for her youngest son’s survival is the generosity of blood donors. “They saved my son’s life. He wouldn’t be here without them.”
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photoJim, Century Society Member, Donor

“I’ve donated more than ten times the amount of blood I’ve got in me right now. It’s a small investment relative to the good you can do.”
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Please share your experience as a blood donor or transfusion recipient.