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Amy, New Castle, DE

Amy Blackthorn of New Castle, DE, was hit by a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel.  Emergency responders cut her from her vehicle and Amy was flown to Christiana hospital.  There, she underwent a ten hour long surgery to save her life. Many units of blood were used during the operation.  Her determination and […]

Dwight, Claymont, DE

Dwight of Claymont, Delaware, began donating platelets in 1995 to continue a family tradition, unaware of how his family’s involvement would come full circle. “My dad had always been a platelet donor, so it felt natural to me,” he explained. “I did it because I felt I was helping people; I always like to help.” At […]

Jenn, Middletown, DE

“I received a blood transfusion when I gave birth to my first daughter, and it saved my life,” said Jenn Boileau of Middletown. After a generally normal pregnancy, a delivery which began fairly well on Dec. 21, 2002, took a dramatic turn. Jenn’s labor became extremely difficult and prolonged. Her baby, Taylor, was very large, […]

Gwen, Milford, DE

Gwen Guerke of Milford has donated platelets for 16 years. “My son Danny had leukemia. He died from it,” she explained. “He was at Hahnemann University Hospital. At the time I didn’t know that leukemia patients use platelets. They had a small donation room right there where I could donate. I had never even donated […]

Matthew, Wilmington, DE

In December 2002, 20-year-old Matthew Jenkins felt a lump on his neck, but he wasn’t too concerned. “That was a Saturday,” he said. “I didn’t feel it the day before, but it was about the size of a walnut.” That Monday Jenkins went to his physician, who prescribed an antibiotic and told him to keep […]

Taylor, 17, New Castle, DE

Taylor, a 17-year-old junior at William Penn High School in New Castle, DE, has a very personal motivation for giving blood. “I had a brother who passed away when I was five. He had a rare brain cancer and died when he was only 17 months old,” says Taylor. “He had two brain surgeries in […]

Jonathan, Elkton, MD

Jonathan W. of Elkton, MD has been a regular platelet donor for several years. It is something he has always believed is the right thing to do. In October 2011, the need for donors like himself truly hit home. Jonathan’s four-year-old son Gage was diagnosed with portal hypertension, a serious and potentially fatal condition caused […]

Wyzhir, 17, Mardela Springs, MD

On Christmas Eve 2010, Wyzhir Johnson was cutting a strip of molding with a miter saw when the holiday turned from festive to frantic. With a sudden slip, Wyzhir instantly lost his left hand just above the wrist.  He was flown to a trauma center and immediately taken into surgery around 1 a.m. Christmas morning.  […]

Abby, 16, Wilmington, DE

After experiencing debilitating headaches and undergoing countless tests, 16-year-old Abby was diagnosed with a brain tumor—a meningioma—a benign mass the size of an orange. She needed immediate surgery or would risk seizures, a massive stroke, and even death. During her surgery and recovery, Abby needed blood and platelet transfusions. “We were supported by a strong […]

Gage, 5, Elkton, MD

Four-year-old Gage W. of Elkton, MD, was a seemingly, perfectly healthy little boy until October 2011, when after a week of high fevers, he suddenly began vomiting a profuse amount of blood. After several months of testing and uncertainty, he was diagnosed with portal hypertension, a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by impaired blood […]