South Texas Blood & Tissue Center News

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Recent News Articles

Whataburger thanks area donors for saving lives, helping South Texas avoid summer blood shortages being reported across country
July 11, 2017

Locally based Whataburger has teamed up with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) for “WhataMonth,” a July-long “thank you” to blood donors.

All STBTC donors will receive a coupon for a free Whataburger for helping patients in area hospitals during the summer, traditionally the slowest time of year for blood collections.

WhataMonth was created to help prevent critical blood shortages in South Texas similar to those being reported across the United States. Although the need for blood continues, blood centers report dramatic drops in collections during June, July and August, when there are no school drives and regular donors are on vacation. The American Red Cross last week reported national shortages totalling tens of thousands of units so far this summer. 

Thanking blood donors for saving lives
June 14, 2017

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, designed to bring awareness of the need for safe blood products and to thank donors.

This year, Whataburger and Bill Miller Bar–B-Q are teaming up with The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) for World Blood Donor Week, which will be June 14-20. All STBTC blood donors who schedule an appointment through Eventbrite and show the email confirmation during their donation will receive a Whataburger or Bill Miller Bar–B-Q $10 gift card, while supplies last. Donors can make an appointment by going to

Each summer, community blood supplies drop across the nation as high school students and frequent donors go on vacation.

May 9, 2017

Recent research about tests for the Zika virus have shown an active infection is harder to detect than originally thought.

As a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new health advisory for women of childbearing age.

The CDC is suggesting that women who may be exposed to the virus because of where they live or where they travel should consider getting a blood test for the Zika antibodies before they get pregnant.

A baseline reading could help with the interpretation of a Zika test during a pregnancy.

The CDC also suggested that pregnant women who may be infected, even if they do not have any symptoms, should be tested at least twice during pregnancy.

March 21, 2017

Branndon Frail, a donor recruitment consultant with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, was sitting in his son Ayden’s hospital room early Friday morning.

Nine-year-old Ayden suffers from neuroblastoma, and he has spent many days and nights in hospitals since his diagnosis five years ago. Neuroblastoma creates a constant need for blood transfusions in its young victims, and that constant need was one of Branndon’s motivations for becoming a recruiter with STBTC.

It was still dark outside when Ayden vomited, dislodging a large thrombosis in his nose, spurring bleeding. He was struggling to breathe as the nurses called the on-call doctor for orders.

Branndon knew his son needed platelets. It took an hour – a very long hour for both father and son – for the order to be placed for platelets.

It took just 26 minutes for the unit to arrive.

Big Lou's Pizza event leads to 187 donations
January 26, 2017

The highly successful blood drive at San Antonio’s Big Lou’s Pizza has earned national recognition in PMQ Pizza Magazine.

The article, “Big Lou’s Draws Crowds with Bloody Good Fundraiser,” was posted this week on the magazine’s website.

A total of 187 donations were collected at the East Side restaurant. Both Big Lou’s and the community chipped in with multiple incentives for donors, including a free one-topping pizza and a Big Lou’s T-shirt, and there were chances to win multiple prizes, including a $100 Big Lou’s gift card, a $200 MasterCard, a $100 gift card to a tattoo parlor, a four-week karate class and movie passes.

Brian Lujan, owner of Big Lou’s Pizza, wanted to hold the drive in honor of his father, who needed transfusions as part of his treatments for aplastic anemia.