ABC13, Moody Gardens and the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center are teaming up to help save lives across southeastern Texas. With your support and donations, we can make a difference together! For your safety, blood donations will only be made at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center on Lane 1400 La Concha, by appointment. Click here for the full list of locations and to schedule a visit.
Donating blood or plasma to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has an immediate impact on the community, now more than ever. Due to the President’s Day winter storm, more than 3,000 units were lost. In addition to replenishing supplies of life-saving substances, the GCRBC requires that people who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have been symptom-free for at least 14 days to provide convalescent plasma. Antibodies present in convalescent plasma can help patients with severe symptoms fight infection.
Read great stories from the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.
Courtney went from a fun weekend with friends to finding out she had congestive heart failure just days later. Doctors informed her that she was born with an underdeveloped heart and was only just beginning to feel the effects. She was told she had only one year left to live, but thanks to medical intervention and Pledge for Life donors, she is still here and continues to fight for her life. In 2017, she ruptured an aneurysm and had to undergo 3 brain surgeries. It temporarily damaged her voice, but she recovered after treatment.
Clayton, 21, is a fourth-generation pilot and third-generation agricultural pilot. At the age of 19, in the early stages of his career, Clayton was involved in a near-fatal plane crash due to loss of engine power, which required him 80 units of health to recover. To date, blood donations in his honor have collected 145 blood units. Clayton and family thank everyone who took the time to donate blood through Pledge for Life. Because of donors like you, he received a second chance in life.
Mia was hit by a car in March 2018 while crossing the street on her way to school. The 12-year-old boy was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Herman Hospital in critical condition. She suffered injuries to 90% of her body, including a traumatic brain injury, underwent 13 major surgeries and received at least two transfusions.
Tomas was born with a congenital heart defect and required a pacemaker. In the first 8 months of life, he needed platelets. He needs them again at age 4 and again in his teens. Fresh out of Channelview High School, Tomas plans to major in criminal justice.
https://abc13.com/blood-drive-near-me-gulf-coast-regional-center-donation/10344688/ ABC13 Annual Blood Transfusion at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, March 5 from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m