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.

 Sometimes believing is all you can do, especially when you spend all of your life fighting to stay alive. That's the mantra Emily Koesters and her family live by.Emily was born prematurely and weighed just 2 lbs. 14 oz. At four years old she...
As laboratory manager at Jefferson Community Health & Life in Fairbury, Dan Reikofski sees the need for blood regularly. But in June 2016, after experiencing excessive tiredness and dizzy spells, he found himself in need of blood.Doctors couldn’...
Within minutes of Kendall’s birth, she was blue in the face. “That was our first indication that something was wrong,” said her mother Kelly.Kendall was rushed by ambulance to the local children’s hospital, where she was diagnosed with tetralogy of...
C&L Hardware in Ashland hosted a Hometown Heroes blood drive on August 26 in memory of Calvin Curtis. Calvin was the grandson of Dean and Mila Curtis, owners of C&L Hardware. He was born on August 1, 2006 with an undiagnosed genetic disorder...
Sheri Wentz, a Concordia University Nebraska (CUNE) alumna, was just 31 years old when she became what she calls “an answered prayer.” She was 12 weeks pregnant, miserable with extreme morning sickness, and caring for her 10-month-old infant Alice....
Jackson’s kidneys lasted him 20 months—which was 20 months past their expiration date.Jackson developed posterior urethra valves in utero, which meant his bladder couldn’t empty out. During his nine months of development, urine backed up in his body...
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...