South Texas Blood & Tissue Center News

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Recent News Articles

August 3, 2019

Local hospitals and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center have been receiving phone calls from community members asking if blood is needed to share with the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, and how to donate.

While the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has helped supply blood in the past to other communities facing mass casualty situations, at this point we have not had a request to provide blood to El Paso.

However, blood centers across the country have been reporting blood shortages this summer, and supplies are critically low in South Texas as well – a situation that leaves communities vulnerable in the case of trauma situations involving multiple injuries, and highlights the need for increased donations. 

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center joins with Bill Miller BBQ to encourage donations in August
August 1, 2019
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For cancer patients and their families, blood transfusions make a world of difference. 

Amanda Adriano knows first-hand. Her 3-year-old daughter, Avalynn Ramos, is undergoing chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and she has seen the change happen before her eyes.

“I don’t think it dawned on us how pale she was,” Adriano said. “You could see the difference in her once she received the blood transfusion.”

Almost one in five blood transfusions go to cancer patients like Avalynn, and more than 40 percent of platelet transfusions each year are for those undergoing treatment for cancer.

Local leaders will dance to help raise funds for next-generation bloodmobile at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center
July 22, 2019
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South Texas will get its own version of “Dancing with the Stars” at the 2019 Red and White Ball.

Sponsored by The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation, which supports the lifesaving work of local nonprofit BioBridge Global and its subsidiaries, the black-tie gala will be on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. A cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and dinner and dancing begin at 7 p.m.

For third summer in a row, Whataburger is thanking blood and platelet donors for saving lives
July 1, 2019
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Whataburger is joining the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) to help prevent summer blood shortages by thanking donors with a “Burger and a Movie” in July.

Donors will receive a coupon for a free Whataburger (no purchase necessary) and an Alamo Drafthouse ticket for helping patients in area hospitals during the summer, traditionally the slowest time of year for blood collections. Donors who give on July 1-8 will receive two movie tickets. In addition, all donors will be entered to win one of three “Whataburger for a year” packages in July.

The partnership began three years ago. This summer already has seen reports of blood rationing in some communities, and the combination of heat and storms will only make shortages worse.

B2B friendly competition to assist patients in need of transfusions
June 28, 2019
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The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) for the fourth annual B2B Blood Drive Challenge to help address critical blood shortages this summer. The participation of local businesses will help patients across the region who are in need of blood and platelet donations.

The challenge comes at a time when STBTC is looking to prevent blood shortages in South Texas. Shortages of donations during the summer have become a common problem in many parts of the United States. There already have been reports of blood rationing in some US cities and the combination of summer heat and thunderstorms will only make shortages worse.

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