IMPACT

Philanthropy impacts every
aspect of our mission at SDBB.

Our generous financial and blood donors support lifesaving blood services and medical research to advance health and wellness. Learn more about philanthropy’s impact – click here.


TEAM PATIENT SURVIVORS

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BRYAN

Santee resident Bryan, was hit by a truck while riding his bike to work in May 2011. During his long recovery, he required a large amount of blood and because of blood donors and philanthropy, he is now living his best life.

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KAMILA

Kamila has beta thalassemia major, a severe form of anemia that requires regular transfusions. Her first blood transfusion occurred when she was just two months old. It’s because of the SDBB community that she is happy and healthy today.

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MERCEDES

Mercedes required regular transfusions to keep her healthy after being diagnosed with leukemia. She is so grateful to the blood donors who kept her healthy while waiting for her successful bone marrow transplant.

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MAX

Max was born prematurely and became anemic due to a rare blood type incompatibility. He required a blood transfusion after being diagnosed at Rady Children’s Hospital. Now he is doing well and his parents are so grateful to SDBB and all of those who donate blood.

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AIDAN

Aidan has been saved by blood donors since he was born. After a heart transplant at four, blood drawn for testing more than 500 times and more than 730 days spent in the hospital, Aidan is now thriving as a budding guitarist and surfer.

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ELLA

Gabriella “Ella” is dependent on blood transfusions every three weeks or so. She has a rare form of anemia – beta thalassemia major. She has been receiving transfusions at Rady Children’s Hospital since she was a baby.


Every year, 5 million lives are saved by blood transfusion products and cord blood transplant products.
— Dr. Robert Tressler, SDBB, Cell Therapy

DID YOU KNOW San diego blood bank…

  • is helping validate a new cancer immunotherapy that shrinks the size
    of tumors to make them operable using
    a small portion of the blood donation that
    was once considered medical waste.

  • is collaborating on a research study to improve the storage quality of blood
    and platelets.

  • partners with UC San Diego’s Altman
    Clinical and Translational Research Institute
    to conduct studies related to diabetes, cancer and more.

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  • helps company R&D teams test new medical devices related to blood products for both clinical and research use.

  • produces a product called Platelet Lysate used by researchers to, for example, grow cells for basic and clinical research efforts
    to develop new therapies for age-related disorders and cancer.

  • collaborates with a genetics-based company that developed an assay to screen men for prostate cancer risk.


Rady Children’s Hospital

San Diego Blood Bank is the primary blood
provider for Rady Children’s Hospital.

 
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Patients like Kamila and Ella receive regular blood transfusions at Rady Children’s Hospital to keep them healthy despite their beta thalassemia major diagnosis.

 
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49 Hospitals

SERVED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Rady Children’s Hospital
Sharp HealthCare
Kaiser Permanente
City of Hope
Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Hoag Hospital
Long Beach Memorial Care
And more...

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operates 24/7


2017-2018 LIFESAVING BLOOD DONATIONS

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My daughter received many blood transfusions while she was going through treatment for cancer and without them she wouldn’t have survived. I want to be able to save other lives
in need of blood transfusions.
— letty, blood donor

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11,165 ounces

Our partnership with UCSD's Mothers' Milk
Bank has collected 11,165 ounces of
lifesaving mother’s milk for babies
in the neonatal intensive care units
(NICUs) in San Diego.

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235 Volunteers

Assisted in 2017 at mobile drives,
SDBB donor centers & health fairs
with a total of 13,215 hours served

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2,301 mobile
blood drives

Were held in 2017/18.
That means an estimated 140 mobile
blood drives took place each month which
saw an average of 4,000 blood donors.


Last year, more than 270,000
lives Saved.



In FY 2017/18, 1,076 generous donors collectively
donated $1,030,060 to give the gift of life.
Financial gifts supported blood collections,
mobile blood drives and cell therapy research.


FUN FACTS

 
  • Donated white blood cells are collected for research to develop anti-cancer vaccines.

  • Philanthropy that supported blood donations, bloodmobiles and cell therapy research impacted more than 485,823 lives in a year.

  • SDBB processes blood components known as “buffy coats” used to develop cancer vaccine research.

  • SDBB collaborated with more than 100 clinical and research partners on the design and execution of basic and clinical research efforts related to cancer, regenerative medicine and general health. From validating liquid biopsies and other blood-related diagnostic tests, to supporting cell therapy clinical trials for prostate cancer and melanoma, SDBB continues to be a national blood bank leader in advancing wellness and the future of health.

 

Selina - Receives regular blood transfusions to treat sickle cell

Selina - Receives regular blood transfusions to treat sickle cell

San Diego Cares: It’s in Our Blood 2017 - Blood Donor

San Diego Cares: It’s in Our Blood 2017 - Blood Donor

1st Annual Padres Summer Blood Drive - 2017

1st Annual Padres Summer Blood Drive - 2017

 
 
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** IMPACT REPORT INCLUDES STATISTICS FROM FY 2017/2018 **