South Texas Blood & Tissue Center News

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, offers a variety of ways for you to stay connected with us. You can read our latest press releases or Annual Reports. Visit the Events Page to find out what’s coming up. You can watch a video clip from a newscast, view past events in the Photo Gallery or read industry news. For the social media enthusiast, the BioBridge family is known as “Connect for Life,” and can be found on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Also visit the our official blog here.

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Phone: (210) 731-5519
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Recent News Articles

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center joins with Bill Miller BBQ to encourage donations in August
August 1, 2019

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

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

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

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.

Donors are encouraged to help avoid blood shortages
June 21, 2019

For years, cousins Grace Kloppenburg and Laurie Pustka have engaged in a friendly competition over blood and platelets donations. Together the cousins have donated more than 40 gallons of blood and platelets, helping hundreds of South Texas patients.

“Donating this many gallons is probably one of the biggest accomplishments I have done,” Grace said. “I can only imagine the people that it’s helped. I wish a lot of other people could do that.”

Laurie has been donating off and on since her senior year in high school, and a few years ago, she encouraged Grace to come with her to donate. Since then, the cousins try to come in at least twice a month to the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center donor room in Victoria.

Grace also donates in honor of her mother, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. She recalls her mother having a low platelet count and requiring several transfusions.