Thanks to her marrow donor, who is a nurse at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, Jemma received her transplant when she was 14. Twenty years later, she is healthy and looking forward to her wedding.
*If you are 45 – 60, you can still join the registry by paying a tax-deductible fee of $100. This payment covers the cost of testing needed to match donors to searching patients and related costs.
There are two ways to donate, depending on what the patient needs.
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Half of donors contacted on behalf of a patient will decline further testing and donation. This outcome is devastating to the awaiting patient and their family, especially those who are less likely to find a match.
Only 1 in 430 people who join the registry will go on to donate.
Was your life saved by the generous gift of blood, marrow, tissue or cord blood? Or are you a donor who’d like to share why you chose to save a life?
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. We’ve recently developed programs to collect and distribute COVID-19 convalescent plasma, as well as improve trauma care.