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Dickerson Park Zoo’s giraffe saves lives through blood donation

Giving blood to help a complete stranger is one of the most inspirational things a human can do. The Dickerson Park Zoo has another lifesaving blood donor — and he’s one you can really look up to.

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Nolan Brueggemann

‘He May Not Have Survived Without It’: Transfusion Helps Joplin Boy Overcome Life-Threatening Infection

As a physician who specializes in emergency medicine, Dr. Josh Brueggemann has lost count of the number of times that he has ordered blood transfusions for patients at his southeast Kansas hospital. But he’ll never forget the donor who helped save his three-year-old son.

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20 Years After Lifesaving Transfusion, Blood Recipient Working to Save Others

Born 13 weeks premature, Brystol Bates needed two lifesaving blood transfusions within the first six weeks of her life. She received the first of them just one day after she was born. Now a 21-year-old junior at the University of Kansas, Brystol is committed to making a difference in the lives of other people – […]

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‘I Wasn’t Supposed to Make It’: Arkansas Man Survives Leukemia Thanks to 38 Transfusions

If you ask him, Craig Koning isn’t supposed to be alive right now. By the time doctors finally diagnosed a mystery illness that had been plaguing him for more than three months, the Bella Vista, Arkansas, resident was days away from succumbing to acute myeloid leukemia. As he and his wife sat in a doctor’s […]

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After Blood Donors Saved Her Children, Teacher Inspires Others to Give

When Teanna Bryan was a student at Skyline High School in Urbana, Missouri, she seldom missed an opportunity to donate blood whenever a Community Blood Center of the Ozarks drive came to town. By the time she returned to the school as a full-time teacher, she had a much deeper understanding of just how vital […]

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