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Texas Blood Institute - Pulse

News for dedicated blood donors

Fall 2012

Feel Wild. Give Blood.


Each donor who gives with Texas Blood Institute this fall will receive a "Feel Awesome" T-shirt.

Schedule your life-saving donation at a donor center or a mobile drive near you!

Dr. Kelley, Medical Director
Walter Kelley, D.O., new medical director

Transfusion Specialist Added

Walter E. Kelley, D.O., joined the Blood Institute as its medical director in July. Dr. Kelley leads the clinical operations along with Chief Medical Officer, James Smith, M.D., Patti Latschar, P.A. and John Armitage, M.D.

Previously, Dr. Kelley served two years in the Public Health Service at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He is board certified in clinical pathology and transfusion medicine. He is a noted speaker and author on blood banking topics.


Creech Family

(L to R): Robert, Railee, Ashlee and Holly Creech.

17 Years Ago...

As Railee Creech joined thousands of other students heading off to college for the first time this fall, her family couldn't help but reflect on the miracle of blood donation that allowed them to enjoy this season of life. Both Railee and her mother Holly faced near tragedy in 1995.

Holly, who had already lost babies prematurely, became critically ill months before Railee's due date. Doctors decided to deliver Railee and told Holly and her husband Robert that there was less than a five percent chance of the baby's survival. Railee was born weighing only one pound.

Read Railee's full story >

Colleen Smith

Volunteer Colleen Smith, Moore, presents a donor with an appreciation gift.

Staying Busy

Colleen Smith has never had a problem staying busy since she retired five years ago. She has plenty of interests and shows no sign of slowing down. At the Blood Institute, she's found a variety of ways to make a difference with her skills and personality.

Colleen enthusiastically welcomes blood donors, helps them feel comfortable and keeps things moving for a positive experience. She enjoys meeting people in a very busy environment.

Read Colleen's full story and find out how you can become a volunteer with Texas Blood Institute >

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United Regional Foundation | Children's Miracle Network


Choose to forgo the donor appreciation item now through October 31, and funds designated for this item will be redirected to our partnering organization, Children's Miracle Network at United Regional.

Children's Miracle Network is charged with making sure that if a child needs care, they can receive it close to home. In order to do that, United Regional must have leading-edge pediatric equipment and highly trained staff. Every dollar donated to Children's Miracle Network at United Regional is used to ensure that medical staff at United Regional has everything they need.

In the same manner beginning November 1, donors can make a global difference. Donors will have the opportunity to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), an international blood center development charity.

Global Blood Fund

Schedule your life-saving donation, today!

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