Scott and Elizabeth McMillian
What part of the organization and mission speaks most to you and why?
There are many nonprofits to support in the community, but one that truly touches everyone’s lives at some point is the need for blood. South Texas Blood and Tissue does an amazing job of coordinating these efforts in San Antonio as well as other South Texas communities. Whether you know someone battling cancer, a blood disease, having elective or emergency surgeries, you definitely know someone that has used blood at some point.
This cause affected us personally as we watched two of our friend’s children battle leukemia. One was a successful battle, one was not. Imagining yourself in these parents’ shoes, watching your child battle a disease, you do all you can do to help them. Elizabeth started giving platelets and blood about 20 years ago–what an easy, lifesaving way to truly help. Scott has donated blood since his high school days. Blood truly is that gift of life.
What do you like to do?
Elizabeth was bitten by the travel bug after her grandparents shared their joy of traveling. Scott and Elizabeth began traveling with their two children at an early age believing exposure to different cultures and countries was an important part of their education. They love discovering new cultures with family and friends. “Hard to beat a girls’ trip to Italy!” Elizabeth says. Scott has a huge passion for bicycling which fits nicely into their travels. He has raced the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike race for 18 consecutive summers and has his eye on the 20-year race buckle which keeps him motivated to keep pedaling!
What motivates you?
It’s amazing how some people are placed in your lives that forever leave an impression. Elizabeth’s best friend’s parents are two of those people. They have dedicated themselves to selflessly serving those around them through their church and various nonprofits for as long as she has known them. No matter how busy they are, they lend a hand, whether financially or rolling up their sleeves to pitch in.
Elizabeth and Scott have tried to lead by their example. Elizabeth served on the PTO Boards of their children’s schools, chaired the school galas, and spearheaded an Adopt a Needy Family program in their schools. Scott serves on several local nonprofit boards including Aggie Park (Class of ’89). They tried to pass on that compassion to their children, leaving the world and community a better place than you found it. “Don’t complain if you’re not willing to do the work yourself to improve the situation!” Elizabeth says.
Is there anything about your time on the board you would like to share? Most cherished moments, greatest accomplishments, something you are looking forward to?
Scott and Elizabeth have certainly enjoyed their time on the board, gaining a better understanding of how our community is serviced by the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. Their most memorable moment to date was when Scott graced the dance floor Dancing for a Cause for the 2019 Red & White Ball–look out John Travolta! Raising money and spreading awareness of what this incredible organization does has been a wonderful experience for them both.