May 11, 2020

If you have certain blood types, we may ask you to make a different kind of donation the next time you visit one of our donor rooms or drives – platelets. 

Platelets are the part of your blood that clot and help stop leaks. Because their storage time is the shortest of any blood component, they’re always in high demand by hospitals. 

Donating platelets typically takes about two hours, from the time you check in for your appointment to the snacks at the end, about the time to watch the typical Hollywood blockbuster. 

Here’s who you’ll help with a platelet donation: 

May 4, 2020

One of the largest, most-visible pieces of the BioBridge Global art collection started out as trash.

“Shrine,” which hangs on the north wall of the Headquarters Building lobby, is made from 21 student desks that artist Henry Rayburn discovered in a dumpster behind a school. Rayburn bolted the pieces together, overlaying them with images of the Alamo, and it has been part of the art collection since the building opened in 1996.

That art collection – which expanded when the Donor Pavilion opened in 2008 – was a major part of a vision for a new facility that originated in the early 1990s. 

“We sat down with the leadership and said the building just can’t be a building,” said Tim Blonkvist, architect with Overland Partners, which designed the facility. “The building had to reflect the purpose, mission and culture of this organization.”

April 30, 2020

Reg Campbell is a family man, trainer at Life Time Fitness, and a third-generation photographer fighting leukemia for the third time. The San Antonian chronicled his fight with cancer through photography when he was diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2017. 

Now, Reg’s work is on display at the Southwest School of Art, thanks to a partnership with the school, Be The Match, and GenCure and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, subsidiaries of BioBridge Global

April 24, 2020

Our commemoration of Donate Life Month continues today with the premiere of a new video, “Melissa’s Story.”

Superior HealthPlan, the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance and BioBridge Global came together to produce a video featuring Mary Kay Thomas, whose daughter Melissa was an organ and tissue donor.

Though she battled multiple health issues, Melissa Thomas never wavered in her desire to be an organ and tissue donor. And when she passed away, she was able to help dozens of people, including a patient who received her liver in a lifesaving transplant.

April 22, 2020

brenda_marrow_blog_2After posting a video about Lizzie Tennyson, who passed away at 21 after her fifth battle with leukemia, GenCure’s Brenda Garza received a message.

A former stem cell donor named Allison had seen her message on finding marrow donor matches even in the era of COVID-19. She wanted to help out as a virtual volunteer. Allison knows the importance of a donation, since her father received a lifesaving kidney transplant.

As it turns out, Allison had a tattoo of the Be The Match logo that she had gotten after donating. 

“I challenged Allison to tag me in a post with a picture of it, and she did,” said Brenda, who is a Community Engagement Representative in Austin. “I thought it was very cute and showed her level of commitment to the cause.”