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May 7, 2012
Every summer, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) prepares for a decline in donations. Because students account for such a big part of the donor base (23%), summer school closures plus the usual summer vacationing put a drain on an otherwise healthy blood supply, maintained by thousands of altruistic donors. So as you can imagine, STBTC is reaching out to all those people who may have thought of donation before but never got around to it (like you, maybe)to give it a shot in the arm, figuratively speaking.
All presenting donors during the month of May receive this Give of Yourself T-shirt.

April 2, 2012

Register to be a tissue donor at DonateLifeTexas.org.Have you heard of tissue donation? Better yet, do you know the proper steps to register? 86 percent of the population has heard of tissue donation, but only 30 percent of all donation supporters know how to join the registry.

April is National Donate Life Month, a time to educate the community about the urgent and ongoing need for organ, tissue and cornea donors. As part a partner of Donate Life America, we’re helping them achieve their goal of adding 20 million people to the registry in 2012.

But first, let us tackle some common myths about donation:

March 1, 2012
  Going into its fifth year, Cancer Advocacy Movement for Colleges & Outreach (CAMCO) is designed to educate university and college students about the importance of cancer prevention, early detection and how they can help someone who has been stricken with cancer. CAMCO was established in 2008 in a partnership with the Be The Match Program of Central and South Texas and Lawrence Estaville a professor at Texas State University.  What started as a week-long drive of awareness and signing up students and faculty for the Be The Match registry has expanded to include 12 universities joining the CAMCO community. Together, they’ve registered 14, 696 people for the Be The Match registry and plan to host many more events. This year CAMCO participating universities will host events such as fashion shows BRA-vo and Boxer Night that help students bring awareness to breast cancer and testicular cancer.
February 1, 2012
It’s February. All that is red and heart-shaped is front and center.  Already,social networks are abuzz with pictures of jewelry, flowers, romantic destinations and plans that should help anyone create the perfect Valentine’s Day for their special someone. But it’s not all commercialism. February is also “Heart Month” and the conversation has increasingly become more focused on heart-health.  As an organization which relies on an army of healthy people to save lives through blood donation, we celebrate heart health.
January 13, 2012
(San Antonio, Texas; January 12, 2012) South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is urgently requesting all eligible donors to give blood. We thank donors who answered the call for blood over the New Year holiday weekend; however, the current community blood inventory is at a less than one day supply. That is far short of the normal status of a three to four day reserve.  All blood types are at critically low levels, and this poses a threat to our community.   Several factors have caused the blood supply to fall to critical levels. Blood usage at local hospitals has increased significantly since the beginning of the year. “Traffic accidents are the most frequent call type our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) receives. Donating blood is one way to help,” states Deborah Foster with SAFD.  

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