Lifesaving Stories

You don’t have to have nerves of steel, super human strength or x-ray vision to be a lifesaver. Men and women accomplish lifesaving feats everyday by donating blood at the Nebraska Community Blood Bank. Take a look at some of their faces now. Or better yet, schedule a donation today and simply look in the mirror. Your gift will make you a lifesaver to someone.

Dale Johnson—radio host, family man and blood recipient—dutifully allows his granddaughters to paint his nails nearly every week. He doesn’t take the polish off, saying it serves as a reminder to never take life too seriously.In March 2016, during a...
Lisa Brunner is more than a runner. She is a cancer survivor, blood recipient, and generous blood donor.“I don’t think I ever took life for granted but I definitely appreciated being given a second chance and I’m going to make the most of it.”Her...
Tom and Elaine Hansen are extremely thankful for generous Nebraska Community Blood Bank blood donors. Because of them, Tom and Elaine will celebrate Valentine's Day happy, healthy and together! Tom and Elaine met when they posed as a couple for a...
To family and friends, 5-year-old Kipton Krumland is a gem. Today, you would never know that as a baby he relied on the life-saving donations of blood and platelet donors to fight (and beat) leukemia.When Kipton was just 5 months old, his parents,...
“I would like the African-American community to become blood donors so that we can keep those struggling with sickle cell disease alive and healthy.” —Ternesha Burroughs, daughter has sickle cell diseaseTernesha Burroughs was nearly three months...
Born at just over 25 week’s gestation, twins Etta and Lane each weighed only 1 pound 10 ounces. Due to their premature birth and small size they had very low blood volume and were unable to produce red blood cells fast enough to keep up with...
“I saw how routinely blood was brought in and hung up to help my granddaughter. It was almost as routine as refreshing her ice and water pitcher. She depended on that blood and we realized that someone, somewhere, had provided it.” —David Gates,...
“I like to tell people I’m the luckiest woman alive! Because of blood donors I’m still a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a blood drive coordinator, and now a blood donor.” —Katie Thunshelle, blood recipientKatie Thunshelle...
Laura Redoutey, Innovative Blood Resources Board Member and President of the Nebraska Hospital Association, began donating when she was just 18 years old. “My folks always donated so it was something I just did,” she said. Laura had already donated...
“We are so thankful to have been given the time we had with our daughter, Sammy, and we want to be there to help other families be together—even if it’s just for a little longer. That’s why we are honored to host annual blood drives, to keep Sammy’s...