May Philanthropy Update


Happy Mother’s Day!

This month, we are celebrating women and moms. San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) would like to wish all of our blood donors, financial donors, volunteers, staff, leadership team, and friends a Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week and we invite you to look at ways in which you or a loved one can improve and maintain wellness to live a long and healthy life.

Thank you for your support of SDBB Foundation and enjoy this month’s philanthropy update!


David Wellis, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Sherry Serio
Vice President of Development


women’s health week 2019


Women’s Health Week 2019 - May 12 - 18

During National Women's Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. The 20th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 12, and is celebrated through May 18, 2019. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women’s Health leads National Women’s Health Week to encourage all women to be as healthy as possible.

Healthy Living by Age - The foundation of good health is the same no matter your age!



steps toward a safer, healthier life

  • Get recommended screenings and preventative care

Protect your health by getting the care you need to prevent disease, disability, and injuries. 

  • Get moving

Get out and about and enjoy the spring and summer weather. Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health and has many benefits, including lowering your risk for heart disease—the leading cause of death for women.

  • Enjoy a healthy and balanced diet

healthy eating plan includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat free and low-fat milk and other dairy products, lean meats, and is low in salt, saturated and trans fats, and added sugars.

  • Prioritize mental health

Keep your mind and body healthy. Research shows that positive mental health is associated with improved health.

  • Practice healthy behaviors

Getting enough sleep is important for overall health. It impacts how you feel and perform during the day. Adults need at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

More on women’s health from the CDC

Featured sponsor

Cody Martinez, Chairman, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Former County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Tom Seidler SVP, Community & Military Affairs, San Diego Padres present SDBB CEO David Wellis with a check for $15,000 at the 2nd Annual Padres Blood Drive in 2018 at Petco Park

Cody Martinez, Chairman, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Former County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Tom Seidler SVP, Community & Military Affairs, San Diego Padres present SDBB CEO David Wellis with a check for $15,000 at the 2nd Annual Padres Blood Drive in 2018 at Petco Park

For more than 20 years, Sycuan Casino & Resort has been a partner of SDBB and the health of our region. We are excited to announce that Sycuan is the 2019 Padres Blood Drive Presenting Sponsor on June 18.

The 3rd Annual Padres Blood Drive goal is to collect 350 units of blood impacting up to 1,050 lives. Save lives, meet players and alumni, and enjoy appearances by the Pad Squad and Swingin’ Friar.

Longtime partners like Sycuan ensure that SDBB has the critical equipment and resources needed to serve local hospitals and patients with more than 162,000 blood products** each year.

Our sincere gratitude for Sycuan’s partnership! Stay tuned for more information on the 3rd Annual Padres Summer Blood Drive!



A Cell Therapy lab technician processes a cord blood unit

A Cell Therapy lab technician processes a cord blood unit

cell therapy program


San Diego Blood Bank is a primary cord blood provider! We collaborate with San Diego and Southern California hospitals to collect umbilical cord blood and cord tissue after the birth of a healthy full-term baby.

The cord blood is processed and stored at San Diego Blood Bank and is donated anonymously for the use of any patient in need of a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. Each certified cord blood unit is listed on the Be the Match Registry®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) which makes stem cells available to patients around the world for a match.

If a mother-to-be or a family is interested in donating cord blood, visit our website which has instructions for how you can donate.


A gift of $50 funds critical supplies for one cord blood collection kit for a new mother.



SDBB is pioneering an umbilical cord tissue bank — a breakthrough for the aging population.

Umbilical cord tissue is abundant in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which researchers have discovered can play a critical role in not only maintaining health but also in regenerating diseased or damaged organ tissue.

Currently, umbilical cord tissue is discarded as medical waste.


By collecting instead of disposing of cord tissue, the rich supply of young functional stem cells that help the body heal itself can be studied and developed into possible therapies and cures for various diseases.

The supply of MSCs from San Diego Blood Bank’s public cord tissue bank will support research and clinical trials.

In collaboration with academic, biopharmaceutical and clinical research and development organizations, the establishment of San Diego Blood Bank’s cord tissue bank will enable research and development of new cell therapies in regenerative medicine for age-related disorders.


SDbb / Ucsd’s mothers’ milk bank


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.

San Diego Mothers' Milk Bank plans to improve breast-milk donation and to ensure that all premature or ill babies in San Diego County and Imperial Valley have access to donor milk.

Milk can be donated at San Diego Blood Bank and is processed fully and distributed to the local community.

Learn more about donating mother’s milk.

While breast milk provides the most vulnerable babies with critical nutrition that they need, many community hospitals find offering access to donor milk a challenge, our goal is to focus on educating the community on the importance of breastfeeding in general, and to introduce the concept of milk donation if a mother has an excess supply. Additionally, we hope to assist and encourage more area hospitals to use human breast milk as part of their care.
— Dr. Lisa Stellwagen, San Diego Mothers' Milk Bank


San Diego Gulls hosted their 3rd Annual Blood Drive, brought to you by San Diego Honda Dealers, benefiting the San Diego Blood Bank at Pechanga Arena on Saturday, March 30. Thank you to all the fans for your support. The drive helped to save 219 lives and welcomed 23 new donors to the SDBB family!

Check out the great video below for a message from Robert Tressler, Ph.D., SDBB’s Vice President of Laboratories-Cell Therapy and the San Diego Gulls!

campaign for life

Our financial partners impact innovative medical research, revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease and, most importantly, give the gift of life.


save lives today

SDBB’s campaign is underway to raise $504,000 to purchase 14 new Trima apheresis machines by December 2019.

These vital machines perform apheresis, which is the process of separating whole blood into platelets, plasma, and red blood cells.

Trimas enable blood donors like Samantha to donate platelets for cancer patients who need frequent transfusions.

You can make a difference by making a financial gift in support of Campaign for Life.

Help us reach our goal and impact thousands of lives.

HEArt of healthcare event

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On April 4th, 2019, SDBB CEO David Wellis, Ph.D., Eve Benton, Malcolm Bund, and SDBB Foundation hosted the Heart of Healthcare Event. Guests joined us and SDBB genomic research partner for an engaging and inspiring conversation on the latest projects in cell therapy and precision blood matching.

Speakers included:

David Wellis, Ph.D. - Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Blood Bank

Robert Tressler, Ph.D. - Vice President of Laboratories, Cell Therapy, San Diego Blood Bank

Anders Nygren - Vice President of Research and Development, Stratify Genomics

The speakers discussed SDBB’s initiatives in Precision Blood™ and Cell Therapy that will revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease and how philanthropy, plays a critical role in fueling SDBB’s mission to innovate and advance healthcare.



San Diego Blood Bank leadership team accepts 2019 Public Health Champion Award


SDBB was honored as the Theme Recipient of the 2019 Live Well San Diego 18th Annual Public Health Champion Award on April 5, 2019.

This honor recognizes our efforts to promote health among the citizens of San Diego. It's a perfect opportunity to call out all those who help us do our work: A huge thank you to blood donors, volunteers, blood drive chairpersons, our dedicated staff and board members, and all the dedicated community leaders in San Diego (from hospital partners to first-responders to public health advocates). It is such an honor to help keep San Diego (and San Diegans) healthy and thriving.

Thank you, San Diego County Health and Human Services for this honor.

THANK YOU to our tOP sponsors


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In partnership with our community, San Diego Blood Bank Foundation is the fundraising entity that supports critical resources for blood donations, advances San Diego Blood Bank’s critical healthcare role, and fuels collaboration with cutting-edge research and clinical organizations to advance cell therapy and precision medicine.


**162,000 blood products refers to the 2017/2018 Impact Report’s total number of 162,651 of blood products distributed.