STBTC offering $10 Subway gift cards to blood donors in April

Mother of three continues to need blood transfusions
April 8, 2019
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South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, will thank blood donors throughout April with $10 Subway gift cards. The community blood center hopes to increase lifesaving blood and platelet donations to help local trauma, surgery and cancer patients like 25-year-old Taylor Castro.

Taylor was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive blood cancer, after going to the doctor for an ear infection in October 2018. The diagnosis came just six months after giving birth to her youngest child. Since then, Taylor’s received several rounds of chemotherapy and relies on regular blood and platelet transfusions. She is also searching for a marrow or stem cell match, her only hope for a cure for her leukemia.

Taylor, a mother of three, fully understands the importance and value of blood donations. She is an employee of STBTC, and her mother, Naomi, is a nurse at GenCure, another subsidiary of BioBridge Global. Naomi supervises the GenCure donor room, where peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) are collected for transplants for patients with blood cancers and immune disorders. 

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be the one in this situation, the one who needs blood and platelet transfusions,” said Taylor. “And now, as I work to get stronger to undergo a stem cell transplant, I want nothing more than to educate the community and encourage everyone to join the marrow registry.”

Donors who give blood throughout April will receive a $10 gift card for Subway. All O donors and platelet blood donors will receive a $20 Subway gift card.

Type O blood and platelet supplies are critically low. Type O blood is used in emergencies. Platelets, which have a shelf life of only five days, are often used for cancer patients, as well as emergencies.

In addition, volunteers ages 18-44 are encouraged to join the national marrow donor registry by texting GENCURE to 61474. The more people who join the registry, the higher a chance for patients like Taylor to find the match they need for a lifesaving marrow or stem cell transplant.

“It is very gratifying to know that our volunteer blood donors help thousands of patients every year,” said Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, STBTC associate medical director. “With Taylor and her mom both being colleagues, our mission to help hits very close to home. We stand beside Taylor and all the patients we help in thanking our wonderful community of lifesaving volunteer blood donors.”

For more information about the blood donation process or to schedule a donation, volunteers are encouraged to call 210-731-5590. 
 

Anyone wishing to donate blood must present identification. Donors under the age of 16 must have a signed parental consent form and weigh at least 120 pounds. Anyone over the age of 17 may donate and must be in general good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. All donors are encouraged to eat well and adequately hydrate before and after donation. Refreshments and snacks are provided to donors. In addition, all donors receive a wellness check. Learn more about blood donation at SouthTexasBlood.org.

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