Transforming Mobile Blood Donations Across South Texas
The Foundation is in the third year of a major effort to replace nine aging bloodmobiles in the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center fleet.
In 2018, the Valero Foundation donated money to purchase a bloodmobile. The goal for 2019 is to raise $380,000.
So far, five bloodmobiles have been replaced, thanks to the generosity of community stakeholders. They were the oldest in a fleet where the majority have passed the average bloodmobile lifespan of 15 years and/or 300,000 miles.
"The blood and platelets are key to being able to fight, or he wouldn't be able to receive his next round of chemo or to have a transplant," said Aaron's wife, Carrie
New Bloodmobile Impact
Can collect platelets and whole blood donations
New electronic questionnaires completed on a tablet or computer
Equipped with state-of-the-art devices that measure the exact size of a donation
Monitors that provide videos about patients and STBTC programs
Enhance the overall donor experience
Blood and Platelets Save Lives
Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2017, Aaron Brady required multiple blood and platelets transfusions while undergoing chemotherapy.
Aaron, a new member of the Foundation board, received a stem cell transplant in 2018 and is on his way to a full recovery.