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The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center invites you to offer your support for patients like Roland Perez. Your blood donations are administered during chemotherapy to help replenish crucial blood cells lost during treatment. We encourage all eligible donors to help save the lives of patients by stopping by or scheduling your donation at any of our conveniently located donor rooms.

Roland's Story

A husband and father of three, Officer Roland Perez is need of the community’s help as he fights for his life.

Initially diagnosed in 2014 with esophageal cancer, Officer Perez was able to beat cancer with the help of treatment, but in October 2017 he received another devastating diagnosis. Now suffering from Myelodysplastic syndrome, a group of cancers that disrupts the production of healthy blood cells, he has received numerous blood and platelet transfusions while he receives chemotherapy and will likely need more.

Doctors have informed Perez that his only cure is a marrow/stem cell transplant.


Giving blood means bridging the space between two lives. One is healthy, vibrant and generous. The other is experiencing illness, trauma and uncertainty. Making a blood donation is one of the most intimate and priceless gifts one can give and The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is honored to be the bridge between those two lives.


  • EAT - Consume an iron-rich meal before you donate. For meal tips, click here.
  • HYDRATE - Drinking 8-10 glasses of fluid 1-2 days before you give will help make veins more visible, help you feel more energized after donation and more.
  • Rest - Get a good night's sleep before you donate.
  • Avoid aspirin - If you're planning on donating platelets, avoid aspirin products or blood-thinning medications for 2 days prior to donation. 
  • Provide consent - If you're 16 or 17-years-old, we will need consent forms signed by your parents. Click here to download the forms.
  • Are you eligible? - If you have questions about your eligibility, or to ask about a specific medication, please call our eligibility specialists at (800) 292-5534, ext. 2243, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also email us here

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Anyone who is 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds and in good general health can donate blood. Donors must present photo ID, last four digits of their Social Security number and their birth date.