There is a lot going on in our world today, which means that there is an almost constant call for care and comfort from those in need. And though that idea can seem somewhat overwhelming at times, phlebotomist LaShawn Fuller does not shy away from the challenge. She understands that emergencies can crop up at any time, whether it be a car accident or a natural disaster, and that every day, there is someone out there in need of blood donations. Not only does she seek to answer that call daily, but she does so with a huge smile on her face. “It brings me joy to know that I’m playing an important part in helping to save a life,” she says.
LaShawn views her work as a phlebotomist through the lens of potential impacts. By the simple act of collecting blood, she is plotting a course of service where those in need receive the care they need. So, whether she is collecting blood for donation as part of a mobile blood drive, or collecting a sample in a hospital setting from a patient that will help their doctor make important treatment decisions regarding specific health issues, she is always aware of the part she plays in the bigger picture.
Though LaShawn believes that every other role within the Red Cross is important, she is supremely happy doing what she is doing. “I can’t see myself anywhere else,” she explains, “I love and enjoy what I do.” Having someone as driven to serve as LaShawn is so important to the mission of the American Red Cross. We thank her for the essential services she provides in the Los Angeles region as a phlebotomist on the front lines of emergency situations here in our community.