June Philanthropy Update


Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month. Men can improve their health and wellness through preventative care like cancer screenings, regular checkups, getting enough sleep and staying aware of changes in mental health. Later in this update San Marcos Chiropractor, Joe Hernandez, DC, shares three ways to improve your health and well-being.

Did you know that SDBB…

  • partners with UC San Diego’s Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute to conduct research studies related to cancer?

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

Innovation is at the heart of SDBB. That’s why we partner with local researchers doing clinical trials—to help transform how we treat disease—in addition to our critical healthcare role as a lifesaving blood provider.

It’s an exciting time to partner with SDBB. We are looking forward to the summer season, the 3rd Annual Padres Blood Drive (June 18), the 43rd Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive at Comic-Con (July 17-21) and our Campaign for Life to raise funds to purchase new Trima systems. These systems play a critical role in the lives of patients who need blood components like plasma, platelets and red blood cells.

Philanthropy fuels our mission to advance health and save lives! Thank you for your tremendous support of SDBB Foundation and enjoy this month’s philanthropy update!


With gratitude,


David Wellis, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Sherry Serio
Vice President of Development



3rd Annual Padres Summer Blood Drive


Join the SDBB community and the Padres at Petco Park on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019!

Save lives, meet players and alumni, and enjoy appearances by the Pad Squad and Swingin’ Friar.

Donors receive VIP access to the autograph line, free parking and a voucher for two tickets to the Padres home game against the Baltimore Orioles on July 29 or July 30. SDCCU has teamed up with SDBB for a Cash Cube and 2 drawings to win $500!

Click to make an appointment.




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To Sycuan, giving back to the San Diego community is a top priority both as an organization and through its many team members. Sycuan is a dedicated partner to numerous local charities ranging from social and health services to the arts and the environment. Sycuan’s mission is simple, to improve the community in any and every way possible!

Sycuan has been a proud supporter of San Diego Blood Bank since 1995. The organization is honored to once again partner with the San Diego Padres and San Diego Blood Bank for 2019 Padres Summer Blood Drive on June 18. This is the third consecutive year that Sycuan has participated in this amazing event as the presenting sponsor.

Sycuan has sponsored San Diego Blood Bank events such as: A Haunting Affair, Transylvania Golf Classic, Moonlight Masquerade, Chargers Blood Drive, Padres Blood Drive to help fund bloodmobiles, and San Diego Blood Bank bone marrow drives. Sycuan is a valued partner with a shared value to serve the community and make an impact on the health and well-being of our community.

We are extremely proud to partner with the San Diego Blood Bank for the 2019 Padres Blood Drive.

Every year, San Diego Blood Bank saves thousands of lives through its invaluable programs. Sycuan is extremely grateful for its impact on our entire community and we will continue to be a supporter for years to come.
— John Dinius, general manager at Sycuan Casino Resort

Sycuan Casino Resort began as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983. Now more than 35 years later, it has become a community landmark and one of San Diego’s premier casino and resort destinations.

Sycuan recently completed a $260M expansion, which includes a 12-story luxury hotel tower with over 300 guest rooms and 57 suites. Additionally, guests can enjoy a wide range of onsite amenities including a variety of new restaurants from fast-casual to fine dining, meeting and event space, a full-service spa, fitness center and a state-of-the-art pool and gardens area with a lazy river and swim-up bar. Sycuan also boasts a newly expanded casino floor for a total of 2,800 slot machines and 54 table games in a variety of gaming options.

For more information visit www.sycuan.com or call 619-445-6002.


Team Survivor Story

Meet Eric Fulton

San Diego Blood Bank impacts the lives of cancer patients like Army veteran and former police officer Eric Fulton, a father of six and a leukemia survivor. Because of blood donors and more than 30 platelet and red blood cell transfusions, Eric can celebrate another Father’s Day with his family this year.



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3 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Health and Well-Being

By Joe Hernandez, DC

It’s true, thanks to modern medicine and treatment, the average person in the 21st century has a much more prolonged lifespan compared to all of their ancestors before them. The United Nations estimated about 316,600 centenarians worldwide in 2012. Currently, the world has come to nearly half a million centenarians since baby boomers now have more access and opportunities to care for their mental, physical, and emotional health. Chances are, you too know someone who puts time aside to better their well-being.

It is especially common in today’s society to see people, men, and women alike, sustaining a better diet and/or exercising more regularly. However, the average American woman lives to 81 years old while the average American male lives to 76 years old.

If both men and women have all of the necessary opportunities to educate themselves and take care of their health, why do women in America still tend to live longer?

As it turns out, women have tendencies to live longer than men due to the fact that the majority of women get regular check-ups. Us men have the same opportunities as women, so why is this the case? Is it because some of us would rather push the possibility of bad news to the back of our minds? Perhaps some of us could simply find it an inconvenience?

Regardless of what the reasons may be, it is still extremely important that everybody pays more attention to their wellness. I find myself constantly explaining to patients that if they do not recognize issues now, they could struggle to or even lose the chance to heal in the future. Losing control of one’s own health could cause a wide range of consequences, from flawed vision to restricted movement. The biggest repercussion of all would be missing out on special life occasions.

To decrease the possibility of illness and to minimize the risk of health deterioration, simply follow the guidelines listed below.


When you think of donating blood, you probably only think of it as an act towards charity or whatnot. However, donating blood also benefits you and catches you up to speed with the way your body is functioning. Not to mention that as you are becoming aware of your own body, you are also helping one of the thousands of people in need of blood transfusions. Giving blood can reveal potentially life-threatening health issues, especially those related to your cardiovascular system. Every time you give blood there is a mini physical that takes place where they check your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, hemoglobin and more.  

I have had experiences where my patients are sent out for an MRI due to an automobile accident and the MRI picks up a tumor they would never have been aware of if they hadn’t taken the scan.


Regular checkups help you become more aware of your health and can make you aware of problems within your body. This way, you are able to prevent illnesses or injuries from becoming out of control.


Often times when we are young and healthy, we sustain an injury that goes unchecked. However, because we were young, our bodies healed that injury quickly, but incorrectly due to altered biomechanics. This can cause pain years after the injury occurred in the same area due to arthritis that appeared because the old injury healed wrong. Proper chiropractic procedures and medicine, like physical therapy, for example, can be used to prevent these delayed pains and problems. A procedure like this would realign and repair the tissues and bone structure, thereby strengthening the injured area. Every time there is a physical injury, my team and I will provide the proper care and remedies so that the afflicted area can heal as seamlessly as possible as to avoid the possibility of arthritis.

These straightforward steps can help to put you well on your way to improving your health and well-being.

If you are experiencing neck pain, back pain or have been involved in an auto accident, call your doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractic is gentle and effective in treating these symptoms without the use of drugs or surgery.

Sponsored by Hernandez Chiropractic

Joe Hernandez, DC has been practicing in San Marcos, CA since 2005, specializing in lower back pain, neck pain, headaches and auto accidents.

For more information on Dr. Hernandez and his practice visit his website.

Learn more about how you can be a Wellness Expert Sponsor for SDBB Foundation’s monthly newsletter.



SDBB’s Campaign for Life is underway to raise $108,000 to purchase 3 new Trima Automated Blood Collection Systems (Trima systems) by June 30th!

Trima systems separate whole blood into platelets, plasma and red blood cells through a process called apheresis. Apheresis saves significant time for donors and enables us to collect the exact product needed from each blood type.

Partner with SDBB and directly impact the thousands of lives saved each year by blood transfusion products. Learn more about how Trima systems help SDBB provide blood for patients in need by watching our video below. Like, share, and tell your friends about our Campaign for Life!




Thank you to San Diego Black Nurses Association, Inc. for inviting our CEO, David Wellis, Ph.D., to their monthly meeting in May where he spoke about the All of Us Research Program and all that we do here at San Diego Blood Bank.






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