February 2021
The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation
Board Member Spotlight

David and Cindy Schneider

David and Cindy Schneider have been actively involved with The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation since 2016. They have served on a Red & White Ball committee, Co-Chairs of the Red & White Ball, Vice Chairs of Fundraising and Board Chairs in 2019.

They were both fortunate to be raised in strong families who emphasized regular church attendance, moral and ethical values, and service to others. Cindy has been involved in many community organizations and charities, including the Assistance League, San Antonio Conservation Society and Cancer Center Council. Cindy earned Gold status as a Girl Scout and continues her dedication to this organization, currently being on the Development Board of the Girl Scouts Southwest. She is a registered nurse and has served as head nurse on a cardiac floor. David was also active in Scouting and is an Eagle Scout. He is an attorney and has worked for over thirty-five years for Olsen Energy, Inc., the family oil and gas business. He is a Trustee of the Coker Cemetery Association and a past Director of the Inverness HOA. David and Cindy are both Stephen Ministers at Coker UMC.

Cindy’s mother, Barbara, lived with chronic lymphocytic leukemia for many years. As the disease progressed, Barbara would get many transfusions of blood and platelets. Cindy sat with her and supported her during all of those transfusions. After the transfusions, Barbara would feel like new again and for a few days be able to really enjoy her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. Cindy fondly remembers a backyard party she hosted for her Mom with all of her best friends present. Barbara was the shining star of the party, just having a blood transfusion. She passed away about three weeks later. She battled this disease with grace and dignity and was an inspiration to her family. So there is no doubt why the Schneiders are dedicated to The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation, and Cindy was able to tell her Mother’s story at a Board meeting several years ago.

In 2019, Cindy’s family, the Olsen family, made a significant contribution to The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation to purchase a new bloodmobile in honor of her Mother. The Olsens look forward to the dedication very soon. Barbara’s favorite color was yellow, so the bloodmobile will have a yellow rose and stem emblazoned on a red, white and blue State of Texas. This bus will be joined about the same time with the Dancing for a Cause bus, which was purchased with The Foundation’s fundraising efforts in 2019. These will be beautiful new buses that will serve San Antonio and South Texas for many years to come, and the Schneiders are very thankful for the hard work and generosity of the people who made all of this possible.