Why Donate

This Life Brought to You By Blood Donors

When you donate blood, you're giving so much more. You're giving people across Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas more of all the great things in life. More time with their families. More birthdays. More milestones. More memories. The list goes on.

These are just a few of the people who have benefitted from generous blood donors. Right now, countless others are awaiting transfusions — and your donation can help as many as three of them. Donate blood today and become a part of their story.

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OBI's Blood Matters Blog is filled with stories and videos about patients who depend on blood donors. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Aaron Hawley

    Aaron Hawley

    Aaron Hawley was diagnosed with leukemia when he was only four years old, leading to treatments for three and a half years. He most recently served his country in the U.S. Army before returning home to the Texas panhandle.

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  • Addyson Church

    Addyson Church

    Addyson Church is facing a battle no child should endure. The 11-year-old was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in February 2023.

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  • Declan de Gruy

    Declan De Gruy

    Diagnosed with a rare blood disorder at three months old, Declan de Gruy requires O-negative blood transfusions every three weeks.

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  • Denise Dickerson

    Denise Dickerson received lifesaving blood transfusions

    Denise Dickerson learned the importance of blood donation after donors saved her own life following a horrific car accident. She uses her second chance at life to help others.

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  • Jack Chappell

    Jack Chappel

    In March 2021, Jack Chappell, a loving husband and father of two, received devastating news: he had exhausted all options, and only a heart transplant could save his life.

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  • Jennifer Cotto

    When Jennifer Cotto and her husband went to donate platelets in late 2022, she thought it would be a breeze. Little did she know she was about to receive news no one ever wants to hear. After Jennifer’s platelet donation went through Our Blood Institute’s testing, something didn’t look right.

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  • Miller Hines

    Miller Hines

    A healthy blood supply is critical for people like Miller Hines, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Miller and his family are thankful for generous blood donors who make it possible for patients like him to receive treatment.

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  • Nicona Lane

    Nicona Lane holds her child, Brock.

    When Nicona Lane's second child was born, she experienced a placenta abruption. Nicona was given a blood transfusion to help regain her strength so she could safely take her newborn baby home.

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  • Sunni Riley

    Sunni Riley poses for a photo with her family

    Sunni Riley suffered a life-threatening hemorrhage during the birth of her twin daughters, ultimately receiving 17 units of blood. She remains grateful for those lifesaving donors — and is now working to save others.

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  • Susan Knight

    Susan Knight embraces her blood donor.

    Susan Knight was paralyzed from the waist down after a back surgery that went wrong. While in the hospital, she used two units of blood from two separate donors. Since then, she has regained the use of her legs through physical therapy — and wished to thank the blood donors who helped save her life.

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  • Wyatt & Grady Griffin

    Wyatt and Grady both have O-negative blood, the universal blood type, meaning they could only receive blood transfusions from other O-negative donors when they were born three months premature.

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Messages From Blood Recipients

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The Thank the Donor® program allows blood recipients and their families to send anonymous thank-you messages to their donors. These powerful messages show the impact of the simple act of giving blood.

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