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Texas Blood Institute - Pulse

News for dedicated blood donors

Spring 2013

Roybal family

Katy Roybal with husband, Bryan, and daughter, Jane, is thankful to be able to watch her daughter grow up.
Photo courtesy of Laura Jacobs Photography

New Mother Saved, Thanks to Donors

By Sunshine Wingfield, Community Relations Intern

Bryan and Katy Roybal could not have been more excited as the couple welcomed its first child into the world: a precious baby girl named Jane. But only a short time after delivery, Bryan noticed his wife seemed pale and shaky.

Bryan says it quickly went from being the best day of his life to the worst as he watched Katy fight for her life. Doctors discovered Katy was hemorrhaging, and she was immediately rushed to surgery.

Read Katy's' full story

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Pre-Memorial Day Drive

May 21-25 - Wichita Falls donor center; sponsored by 100.9 BOB FM and 96.3 MAX FM. Donors receive T-shirt and two free admissions to the OKC Zoo.

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

Roybal family

J.P. Potter, chief information officer for the Blood Institute

Meet Our New Chief Information Officer

J.P. Potter has joined Texas Blood Institute
as its chief information officer. Potter leads the information technology (IT) team in managing computer software, networks and other technical functions across all locations served in Oklahoma, north central Texas and western Arkansas.

Potter joins the executive team after serving five years in IT leadership with Chesapeake Energy. His 33-year career has included a broad range of IT roles in industries including computer services, electric utility, retail, consulting and oil and gas. He earned degrees in both Business Administration and Computer Science at Drury University.

“J.P. is a leader in the IT industry, and his vast knowledge and skill sets are already proving valuable to our organization,” said John Armitage, M.D.

   Career Opportunities Now Available
Jim Orlander

Jim Orlander

The Reality of Giving

Jim Orlander, donor, knows that giving blood is a good feeling. And he has been doing his part to save lives for many years. He recently received his 25 gallon pin.

Though Jim feels a sense of accomplishment from his donations, he says his greatest moment was when a patient’s son thanked him for donating platelets. The son shared that his dad was dying of cancer, and the platelets were helping keep his dad alive so the family could have a little more time with him and say good-bye. This emotional experience is a constant reminder for Jim of the reality of how his commitment to donate is changing the lives of others.

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It’s Spring - time to celebrate life in nature and all around us. Give now through May 22, and receive an insulated lunch tote in appreciation, OR choose to forgo the tote to support the Global Blood Fund, a charity making safe blood donation possible in underdeveloped countries.

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