(Disclaimer - Both donors gave before the mandatory mask requirement. All donors are now required to wear a mask.)
Stevie and John were both diagnosed with the coronavirus. For Stevie, her birthday trip abroad was the beginning of it all.
She says, "We were in London for my 40th birthday. After we got home from London and got tested. I was initially just really
scared, and shocked."
And for John, it all started with an outing with friends."We all came down with the symptoms,
the fever, the whole nine yards, at the same time."
Now having both recovered from COVID-19, they both share the same mission to help others still fighting the virus by
donating their convalescent plasma.
Stevie says, "They called me and asked me if I would be willing to donate. They said they had some really sick people, at the hospital who could probably use it."
Both Stevie and John have now developed antibodies to the virus. By transfusing their plasma into a patient ill with the coronavirus, their donation will serve as a boost to their immune system to help the patient potentially recover.
"Makes me feel like it could be a help to somebody," says Stevie. "So it does make me feel like there might be a little bit of a silver lining in some of this."
John also finds hope in donating, "I think it's a blessing. I really do and I feel blessed to be able to do it. You know, I had 101 fever for six days straight and pneumonia. This is the way for me to help somebody and support somebody down with this disease, then I'm all game."
And for John, his motivation hits closer to home after losing one of his closest friends due to the coronavirus.
"When I was asked to help somebody that was in ICU, I did think of my friend John Jenkins who passed away and how I wish he had something to help him out of his situation. And if I can help this gentleman out of where he's at right now, then yeah. John Jenkins dying was absolutely motivation for me in so many ways about this coronavirus."
With their message, they hope to inspire other coronavirus survivors to give back by donating their crucial life-saving plasma.
Stevie says, "It's the least you could do for, you know, for your family and for somebody else's family. So, you know, it's a very small sacrifice to make for something so much greater."
John encourages all coronavirus survivors to step up and help. He says, "If you're a corona survivor and you're out there and you're thinking about doing something, I think this should be on the top of your list. Get out to a bus, donate your convalescent plasma."
Hospitals are using convalescent plasma much earlier on in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Over the past few weeks, the for COVID-19 convalescent plasma has increased by 500% for area hospitals. If you have recovered from COVID-19 please check into donating plasma. Click here to learn more.