Recipient Stories

Meet Alicia, cancer survivor

Meet Alicia, cancer survivor

While most people complain about stomach aches after Thanksgiving dinner, Alicia began complaining about pains in her left leg and foot in 2004. Then she started to limp. Her mother, Shelly, took her to their family doctor, who referred them to specialists...
Meet Amanda, survived a liver transplant as a teen and became a nurse

Meet Amanda, survived a liver transplant as a teen and became a nurse

As a senior at Desert Mountain High School in 2005, Amanda had big plans for her future. High school graduation and moving on to college with friends were all just months away. But in early April, she started to have nagging symptoms that would not disappear....
Meet Avari, from Yuma who needs monthly transfusions

Meet Avari, from Yuma who needs monthly transfusions

In 2011, Anya and Todd welcomed their newborn daughter, Avari, to their family. A few weeks later, the baby had a cough and fever that wouldn’t go away. A visit to their family doctor in Flagstaff reassured them, but he recommended a complete blood c...
Meet Brianna, Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor

Meet Brianna, Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor

As a blood bank supervisor for more than 20 years, Diana’s daily role is to have blood components available for patients who need blood transfusions. “Being both a blood banker and blood drive coordinator takes the process full circle, from recruitment to ...
Meet Dean, O-negative recipient needing regular transfusions

Meet Dean, O-negative recipient needing regular transfusions

The night Dean was born, one of his nurses noticed that he looked very pale and insisted on a blood count. The test showed he was severely anemic. Dean was flown to Banner Desert Medical Center’s Nursery Intensive Care Unit and received his first b...
Meet Gary, Arizona's singing cowboy

Meet Gary, Arizona's singing cowboy

Gary Sprague knows that it is just as important to give as it is to receive. Gary and his wife, Peggy, became frequent platelet donors more than a decade ago when a colleague of Peggy’s was diagnosed with cancer. Platelets, the smallest component of w...
Meet Hayley, a girl who overcame a rare blood disorder

Meet Hayley, a girl who overcame a rare blood disorder

When Melana was pregnant with her first child, she worried a lot. She had vivid nightmares that reflected the typical fears of many first-time parents. At one of her last pre-natal visits, her stress tests revealed that the baby’s heart rate was dropping, s...
Meet Joe, recovered from life-threatening bacterial infection

Meet Joe, recovered from life-threatening bacterial infection

Most people don’t expect a life-altering experience to happen on vacation, but it did for Joe. He was celebrating the New Year in Southern California with his wife, Teresa, and son, Blake. Joe began to experience flu-like symptoms. During the evening, h...
Meet Joshua and Jordan, overcame Sickle Cell Disease

Meet Joshua and Jordan, overcame Sickle Cell Disease

When Kristine Buchanan’s twins were born in 1997, they received the standard newborn screening blood test given to all babies. The results of this test are typically nothing to worry about. But for Joshua and Jordan, the tests indicated that both boys h...
Meet Katie, miracle bride

Meet Katie, miracle bride

Many people consider Katie to be a “miracle bride,” but she says that she’s just lucky to be alive, thanks to blood donors. The symptoms first showed up on her wedding day as red dots all over her legs. Over the next few weeks, she began to experience other...
Meet Keegen, fighting soft tissue sarcoma

Meet Keegen, fighting soft tissue sarcoma

Sometimes a completely normal day can change your life. Just ask Keegen. In class at Millenium High School and living his normal 16-year-old life, he noticed an odd lump in his back. It caught his attention when he leaned back in his chair because it...
Meet Kellie, with over 100 transfusions to fight cancer

Meet Kellie, with over 100 transfusions to fight cancer

On July 3, 2004, 10-year-old Kellie was enjoying a summer camping trip with her family in the White Mountains. It was unusual for Kellie to complain, but when an apparent bug bite on her left knee began to cause severe pain and show signs of infection,...
Meet Kristin, survived Leukemia to become a nurse

Meet Kristin, survived Leukemia to become a nurse

When she was 10 years old, Kristin was an active and energetic girl. That’s why her mother, Karen, was concerned when Kristin became so exhausted that all she could do was go to school and sleep. At first, she thought it was the flu. When it lasted f...
Meet Lauryn, diagnosed at birth with Beta Thalassemia

Meet Lauryn, diagnosed at birth with Beta Thalassemia

Sometimes true love requires big risks. When Christine and her husband, Tommy, decided to have a child, they knew there were dangers. They both carry the gene for beta thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder that impacts the ability to carry oxygen to cells...
Meet Madison, with rare Diamond Blackfan Anemia

Meet Madison, with rare Diamond Blackfan Anemia

  When Aimee went into labor a few weeks early, she immediately went to Chandler Regional Medical Center. At the hospital, she was told that the baby was in distress and an immediate caesarian section was necessary. Aimee heard Madison’s cries when sh...
Meet Mario, surviving after chemo, radiation and stem cell transplant

Meet Mario, surviving after chemo, radiation and stem cell transplant

When Mario suffered a concussion during a summer sports practice in July 2012, he thought it would be a quick recovery. By early August, the headache, nausea and fatigue had finally subsided. Mario finally felt back to normal, even if he wasn’t able t...
Meet McKindree, doesn't produce red blood cells

Meet McKindree, doesn't produce red blood cells

Even as a baby, McKindree seemed to have a hard time fighting off infections. She frequently developed ear infections or sinus infections that led to pneumonia. Physicians told her parents that she would probably grow out of it. In spite of this, nothing...
Meet Meghan, with over 980 transfusions

Meet Meghan, with over 980 transfusions

Like many college students, Meghan thought she was just struggling with “the freshman ten” when she put on a few extra pounds her sophomore year. But when she went home for Thanksgiving, her mom insisted on a visit to the doctor. Test results were inc...
Meet Mitch, beat the odds after near-fatal car accident

Meet Mitch, beat the odds after near-fatal car accident

Working as a nuclear power plant inspector kept Mitch away from his home in Arizona for months at a time. Mitch was part of an inspection crew that was working in the Midwest during the summer of 2005 when his life changed forever. The supervisor gave...
Meet Rob, Phoenix police officer shot in the line of duty

Meet Rob, Phoenix police officer shot in the line of duty

People’s lives can change in a split second, and those who work in public safety professions face that reality every day. Officer Rob Sitek can describe those dangers firsthand. Rob joined the Phoenix Police force in 2001, fulfilling a life-long d...
Meet Zoiey, 4-year-old gets strength from blood donors to battle cancer

Meet Zoiey, 4-year-old gets strength from blood donors to battle cancer

In June 2013, 4-year-old Zoiey began having fevers, swollen lymph nodes and unexplained bruising. Usually vibrant and spunky, she became exhausted and lethargic. Her parents, Eric and Stephannie, took their daughter to the pediatrician. But once she was...