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.

After Eric Lemke’s bicycle accident, life slowly returned to normal. He got back on his bike. He ran a half-marathon. He finished college.The blood of 12 strangers helped make that recovery possible. It was a warmer-than-average day in March of...
As a phlebotomist, Bee has known the importance of giving blood for a long time. She never envisioned one of the people who would receive that blood would be her.Blood is nothing new to Bee Xiong. Trained as a medical assistant, she started her...
Erik and Heather Younger welcomed their twin boys into the world nearly three months prematurely. Cole weighed 1.6 pounds and James 2.25 pounds. Since their bodies weren’t fully developed, they had to undergo heart and eye surgeries. Each surgery...
Lydia started first grade in fall 2017. She is smart, caring, and a proud big sister. But life hasn’t been easy for Lydia and her parents, Tony and Kristen Moser, because her story began in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Due to...
When breast cancer fighter Jennifer Klein showed up for another round of chemotherapy, she was instead instructed to go to Bryan Health immediately for a blood transfusion. Her hemoglobin level—the proteins that transport oxygen in your blood stream...
Blood is important to Brynn’s family. When her sister battled metastatic breast cancer, blood transfusions helped her recover from chemotherapy, and extended her life. When Brynn’s mother was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, three units of...
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,...