For the past 21 years, local nurse gives blood, platelets, stem cells, in effort to help save lives in South Texas
April 9, 2019

As the country celebrates National Volunteer Week on April 7-13, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is honoring its volunteers for their blood and stem cell donations, including one of its own nurses. Dot Ward has dedicated the last 21 years to saving lives, not just through her work, but also through her generosity as a blood, platelet and stem cell donor.

To date, Ward has visited STBTC as a donor 51 times and has donated 6.3 gallons of blood and platelets. In 2004, she also gave a lifesaving stem cell donation for a leukemia patient in need of a transplant.

Ward looks back on her history of donation and volunteerism with humility.