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Susan – Forest Hill, Maryland

Susan Fisher celebrated living cancer-free by hosting a blood drive and spending time with her family and friends. Susan had always been a dedicated donor, but when she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 1989, she was told she couldn’t donate for at least five years after treatment.  This upset Susan because the recent cancer […]

Logan – Cambridge, Maryland

Logan Steward is one of many children who rely on the generosity of blood donors.  He lives with a qualitative blood platelet disorder.  Logan’s blood chemistry doesn’t function normally and platelets in his blood can’t clot to stop bleeding. Things like routine dentist and orthodontist visits must be done in a hospital because the smallest […]

Nina – Wilmington, Delaware

Nina Bond raised over $700 for the Blood Bank of Delmarva in memory of her father using Facebook’s fundraiser feature.  She wanted to give back to the organization that helped extend her father’s final days with his family.  Nina’s father Chuck Dover was in good shape, but his health took a sudden turn after he […]

Tommy – Wilmington, Delaware

Tommy Kenney of Wilmington, DE has been a regular platelet and whole blood donor since 1997. During that time a good friend from high school and sister-in-law were both diagnosed with cancer. “It’s frustrating watching people suffer because you want to help. Donating blood is the one way I could contribute to their fight against […]

Catherine – Newark, Delaware

Scott Hicks received many blood transfusions as he battled Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009 (cancer of the lymphatic system). Transfusions are important for cancer patients because radiation, chemotherapy treatments, and treatment-related surgeries fight cancer but also harm healthy blood counts. Patients may experience fatigue, excessive bleeding, or bruising from reduced red cell and platelet counts. Blood […]

Jeff – Wilmington, Delaware

Jeff Miller discovered his anemia after his first blood donation deferral. His physician suspected an iron deficiency and recommended Jeff take supplements. However, a second blood donation deferral showed his anemia wasn’t resolving. Further investigation by Jeff’s care team revealed his condition was caused by a tumor that needed to be surgically removed. On April […]

Amy – New Castle, Delaware

A driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel hit Amy Blackthorn of New Castle, DE during her commute home. Emergency responders cut Amy from her vehicle and she was flown to Christiana hospital. There, she underwent a ten hour long surgery and received many blood transfusions to save her life. Amy is grateful the […]

Dwight – Claymont, Delaware

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, Delaware

“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, Delaware

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 […]