Every Drop Tells A Story

When you roll up your sleeve to share your good health with someone in need, you begin a unique story that can only be told with your selfless act of giving. Whether it’s the story of what prompted you to begin giving blood, what motivates you to continue, or the story of the patient on the other side … every drop tells a story.  What’s your story?

Baby Mack needed 28 blood transfusions to survive.

Rh Disease leads to 28 transfusions for baby Mack

After losing one child to a rare condition — Rh Disease — Ozark, Missouri, mom Tiffany LaRose is determined not to let it take a second child from her. In 2014, her daughter Rylee was stillborn, diagnosed with Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn which means the bone marrow was not producing new red blood cells. […]

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Newborn’s transfusion inspires annual blood drive

When Dana and Bill Powers checked in to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for their son’s birth in February 2009, everything appeared to be progressing normally. “As soon as he was born, the alarms in the room started going off,” said Bill. “The nurses came in and got him. They pulled me to come with him. Dana […]

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Universal donor is thankful to be able to play a role in helping Ozarks patients

O Negative — The Universal Blood Type Samantha Garza, of Springfield, Missouri, vividly remembers the day she became a blood donor. It was 2010 and she was attending college out of state. She learned that her O Negative blood was the universal blood type, with the ability to help anyone with any blood type. “I […]

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Three Generations of Missouri Family Thankful for CBCO Blood Donors

 A Missouri mom rededicates herself to donating blood after her newborn daughter and her mother required transfusions to survive. Rebecca Wasser is not shy about it. “Everyone I see, I ask them to go donate blood,” said the mother of three, who even recruited her father-in-law, a much sought-after O Negative blood type. “I’ve rededicated […]

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Brandon’s Story

It started as a small twinge in 10-year-old Brandon Townsend’s back. “We were tossing the football around and it started hurting like I had pulled a muscle or something,” the Neosho, Missouri, resident recalled. Over the next couple of weeks, the back pain would ebb and flow. His pediatrician thought it might be a virus, […]

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