Noah Adams

When Noah found out he had cancer, he only hesitated for a moment.

“For the first two seconds that I heard that I had cancer, my heart dropped,” Noah said. “Those two seconds went by and I thought, ‘Well, I gotta beat it now.’”

A senior at Central Catholic High School, Noah was diagnosed during the COVID-19 pandemic. But quarantine has not stopped the community’s support for him. Friends and family coordinated a 40-car parade for him, and he continues to receive encouraging messages every day.

“You never thought that just this one child in this one situation can reach that far,” his mother Debi said.

The far-reaching support may be inspired by Noah’s giving nature. When asked what his wish was, instead of making a wish for himself, he wanted to give his friends something. They all received new PS5s that the group of friends plan to use to stay connected with each other while Noah undergoes treatment.

Noah also wants to give to other patients like him.

“There’s this kid, he’s probably about 2 years old,” Noah said. “He has the awesome smile…”

“To think that a two-year-old kid who is going through this type of cancer and may not have that type of blood transfusion… I feel like I have to do something to try and help him.”

To beat his cancer, Noah chose to undergo a rotationplasty surgery—a procedure that will remove the tumor while allowing Noah to maintain an active lifestyle with a prosthetic. He needed blood donations during and after the surgery, and may continue to need more as he undergoes chemotherapy treatment for another seven months.

Even through surgery and treatment, Noah’s positive outlook and generosity continues to impress everyone around him.

Donate blood in honor of Noah and other brave patients like him. Schedule an appointment by visiting SouthTexasBlood.org or calling 210-731-5590.

Mayor challenges community to save lives with a blood donation

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg urged South Texans to give blood during his own donation Monday afternoon. 

“We’re challenging everyone in the community to give blood as soon as they can,” he said while giving at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center Donor Pavilion. “With the holidays, and people out of school or not at work, it’s a critical period for donations.” 

The last two weeks of the year typically are the slowest of the year for blood donations, and the community blood center is projecting a decline of 30% from previous years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At the same time, there is a bigger demand for blood, as trauma cases and accidents tend to increase during the holidays. Hospitals also are scheduling surgeries that had been postponed earlier this year because of blood shortages and the pandemic. 

“It’s just about an hour out of your day, and you can save somebody’s life,” Nirenberg said. 

Elizabeth Waltman, Chief Operating Officer of the South Teas Blood & Tissue Center, said the center needs to build a seven-day supply of blood to make sure enough is available for every patient. 

“You never know when someone will need blood, maybe someone you know,” she said. 

The blood supply has been rebounding to adequate levels in recent weeks, Waltman said, but there is concern that it will drop again over the holidays, when there are fewer blood drives scheduled and donors are out. 

There is also a lingering shortage of type O blood. O-negative blood can be given to any patient in an emergency, and O-positive is the most common type in South Texas. 

To schedule a donation at one of six local donor rooms or at a community drive, visit SouthTexasBlood.org or call 210-731-5590. Donations are by appointment only. 

2020 AATB Annual Meeting

October 13 October 15

The 2020 Virtual AATB Annual Meeting will provide attendees with educational programming focused on ways our industry rose to the challenge of continuing to honor the gift of donation during the pandemic, innovating to adjust business practices to fit with new requirements, and navigating the future. Participants will hear from tissue recipients and donor families, as well as presentations in areas like cutting-edge regulatory issues, diversity and inclusion, birth tissue, quality, and more.