To watch him practice in the batting cages, Jordon Ruelle-Lees looks like any other nine-year-old boy at Little League practice, but Jordon is anything but typical. Jordon was born several months premature and only weighed 1.4 pounds. It took doctors four years to discover that Jordon was born without cilia, or the hair-like substance that filters germs and bacteria from the body...
Alqui Almonte is an advocate for both leukemia awareness and blood donation. She was born with sickle cell disease and received numerous blood transfusions to replace the sickled cells in her body with healthy red blood cells from donors.Read More Tell Us Your Story
Father and daughter Howard and Nicole Listopad often spend time together as members of the Chippewa tribe of the Indian Princess Seminole Nation organization.
The Indian Princess program was developed in 1954 as an expansion of the YMCA’s Indian Guide’s program for fathers and sons. The purpose is to foster understanding and companionship between father and daughter. It’s sort of like Girl Scouts with their fathers.
The tribe encourages community responsibility and that’s why the father’s donate blood several times a year with their daughters by their side.Read More Tell Us Your Story
OneBlood made history as it celebrated two men who hit the 100-gallon donation mark within 24 hours of each other. Ron Ribaric reached the milestone in Oviedo and the next day Bud Melvin rolled up his sleeve in Bradeton to become the 17th member of Tampa Bay’s 100 Gallon Club...
OneBlood resumed collections in St. Lucie County on September 23 after temporarily shutting down due to an outbreak of Dengue Fever.
OneBlood’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rita Reik says, “Based on the findings from the Florida Department of Health, the recent cases of Dengue Fever appear to be confined to the Rio and Jensen Beach areas of Martin County. Safety of the blood supply is our top priority. With the threat of Dengue Fever minimized in St. Lucie County, OneBlood has determined it is safe to resume collections.”Read More Tell Us Your Story
It’s crucial for everyone from every race and ethnicity to donate blood because certain races have different markings on the make-up of the red blood cells. This is important to patients who are transfused often and have developed antibodies because patients from a certain race are more likely to find matching blood from someone else with their same ethnic background...Read More Tell Us Your Story