October Philanthropy Update



Fall is here! This October, we embrace Breast Cancer Awareness Month and continue to champion the health and wellness of our community. 

Philanthropy is at the heart of SDBB’s mission. Together, we impact the thousands of patient lives saved each year by blood transfusions. 

We value your generous support and partnership – thank you! Enjoy October’s philanthropy update. 

Partners in health,


David Wellis, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Sherry Serio
Vice President of Development




Two weeks after her son, Trevor, was confirmed to be cured of aplastic anemia, Dawn Norby discovered a lump in her right breast. Two days later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After chemotherapy treatment, her vital numbers dropped so low, Dawn needed blood transfusions to stabilize her. After 16 weeks of chemo, 38 straight days of radiation and a couple of blood transfusions, she is now cancer-free! Without the help of strangers donating blood, Dawn and Trevor would have had a much different outcome.

Click here to read more about Dawn and Trevor’s story.



celebrating 200,000 ALL of us research program PARTICIPANTS!

The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine.

We are happy to announce the program has officially enrolled and secured 200,000 participants of 1,000,000! That is a monumental accomplishment for a national research program and SDBB is honored to play an important part of recruiting participants in this ground-breaking research collaboration to advance precision medicine.

Learn more and get involved in research.

breast cancer survivor and all of us research program participant





Thank you, San Diego Woman's Club! We appreciate your lifesaving gift and value your partnership!

Jan Schwanter, Board Member; Janny Bousson, Board Member and Membership Chair; and Barbara Wheeler, 1st Vice President presented a $10,000 check to SDBB's Claudine Van Gonka, Public Relations Manager and Cherryl Castro-Lector, Development Manager, in support of SDBB's Campaign for Life to fund a cutting-edge Trima Accel® Automated Blood Collection System.

Thanks to partners like SDWC, we advance health and provide lifesaving blood components to patients in need by way of the Trima systems.





SDBB cares about the health of our community. This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.

  • If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

Click here to learn more about breast cancer prevention from Cancer.org



SDBB Tours

Experience a behind-the-scenes look at research, blood services, precision medicine and more by joining one of our monthly tours! Want to learn about SDBB and see up close how we impact our community? RSVP to one of our monthly tours and learn about SDBB’s blood services, cell therapy program, precision medicine, research and more from the leaders who make it happen.

Contact Cherryl Castro-Lector, Development Manager at cclector@sdbb.org or call 619-400-8214





To date, we have raised $252,000 to purchase seven out of 14 Trima systems to meet our campaign goal by January 2020. You can make a big impact on the lives of cancer patients by helping to fund Trima systems. Make your gift to support Campaign for Life and help fund the remaining seven needed Trima systems!  


Plateletpheresis donor, Jose (pictured) says he is proudly donating platelets because, "I personally know cancer patients and people that have been in motorcycle accidents and I know how important it is to donate. I want to show my kids that it’s easy to give back to your community. Sure, you can go pick up trash on the beach, but this has an immediate impact on people’s lives.”

His selfless gift saved the lives of cancer patients in need in the five days following donation.


Trima systems enable platelet donors like Jose to give the gift of life. Thank you to our generous platelet donors and financial donors for supporting SDBB’s mission so we can continue to provide lifesaving blood products to our community.

Make your appointment to donate platelets or call (619) 400-8251 to learn more.


Monthly recurring gifts provide consistent revenue in support of SDBB’s greatest need to fund critical resources and blood collection services. This year our greatest need is Trima systems and bloodmobiles. Become a Visionary Circle member by choosing a monthly donation that works for you and make an impact on how we save lives and advance the future of health.

Kamila and Ella need red blood cell transfusions every three weeks to treat a rare form of anemia – beta thalassemia major. Make an impact by providing monthly support to fuel their lifesaving treatments.

Kamila and Ella need red blood cell transfusions every three weeks to treat a rare form of anemia – beta thalassemia major. Make an impact by providing monthly support to fuel their lifesaving treatments.

  • $10/month supports the fund for bloodmobiles. 

  • $25/month funds blood bags and supplies to support blood donations on a bloodmobile. 

  • $40/month sponsors eight blood donations per year impacting up to 24 lives. 

  • $60/month sponsors one blood donation on a bloodmobile impacting up to three lives per month. 



SEASON OF GIVING – Make a tax-deductible gift before the end of the year and support SDBB programs and services – Make a Gift

#GIVINGTUESDAY is December 3rd this year! Mark your calendar to join the global movement to support charity organizations. Plan your gift to support San Diego Blood Bank’s need for bloodmobiles!



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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.