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Donate Blood in honor of Cali

You can help little fighters like Cali!

Blood transfusions are literally Cali’s lifeline. She just celebrated her second birthday. Blood donors like you made this a possibility!

Cali is a pediatric blood disorder warrior

How do blood donations help cancer patients?

There are many ways that cancer affects blood – it can cause internal bleeding and low blood counts. Chemotherapy can also damage bone marrow that produces blood cells. Blood and platelet transfusions are essential for many cancer patients fighting the disease.

"Don’t wait until disaster strikes your family to be reminded that we all live here together and we may have to rely on the generosity of people we will never meet for the privilege to continue to live."
Ryan Morkovsky
Amy's father

How do blood donations help patients Cali?

Cali was diagnosed with Alpha Thalassemia Major, a rare blood disorder, where the body can’t make its own hemoglobin. Since being born, Cali has needed to receive blood transfusions every four weeks. Because her body cannot produce functional blood, she will need them for the rest of her life. 

“Blood donors are what’s keeping her alive and healthy. There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude because donating blood is such a lifesaving, selfless act. I’m eternally thankful to those who take the time to donate.”
Cali's Mother

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About Us

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For more than 45 years, the nonprofit South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has focused on a critical purpose: to save and improve lives.

Inspired by a group of physicians, our organization was formed to provide blood to the South Texas region – ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply through proper testing, storage and distribution to hospitals. This essential service allows front-line workers to focus on the direct care of patients, with confidence that this lifesaving resource will be there when it’s needed most.

But we didn’t stop there. Over the years, we’ve evolved as the needs of our patients and hospitals have changed, driven to save lives in as many ways as possible.

We couldn’t do this without donors like you. We understand that the gift of donation is a personal, powerful choice that has the potential to touch a life. Today, we offer many ways to make a difference that include:

Our team has also expanded its programs, partnering with leaders within the healthcare industry to develop a wide range of therapies.

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