The power of the American Red Cross relies on your generous donations and the tireless efforts of our volunteers, employees, board members and community partners — dedicated people who will continue to make a difference for thousands of lives in 2024 and beyond. As we close out 2023, we wish you a safe and healthy holiday season, and invite you to review some of our region's proudest and most memorable moments.
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News Story: Mother of daughter with Sickle Cell Disease thanks Red Cross blood donors
Stachelle Shackleford was born with sickle cell disease and received her first blood transfusion at 11 months old. After hundreds of blood transfusions, Stachelle is 31 years old and still battling the genetically inherited disease.
News Story: Blood Transportation Volunteer Delivers Lifesaving Blood to South Carolina Patients in Need
Every day, the timely delivery of blood and blood products means the difference between life and death for patients in need. Roger Chaddick is one of the dedicated volunteers who helps ensure blood products are delivered to hospitals for patients in need.
News Story: Son of U.S. Air Force Pilot Finally Able to Give Blood Again in Late Father's Memory
Andrew Holladay of Elgin, South Carolina, is the son of a United States Air Force pilot and lived in England from 1989 to 1991. The Red Cross is now accepting individuals who spent time in certain European countries to give blood to help patients in need.
News Story: Woman with Sickle Cell Disease Requires 8+ Units of Blood Every Month, Encourages Community to Give Back by Donating Blood
Elizabeth Ganaway was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease in 2017. She receives monthly blood transfusions requiring anywhere from eight to eleven units of blood for each exchange. Elizabeth says without blood donors, her treatment wouldn’t be possible.
News Story: Beach Patrol Officer and American Red Cross Trained Lifeguard saves two people from drowning
On April 15th, 2023, Captain Brad Bemis was enjoying a beach day with his family in Garden City, South Carolina. Brad, an American Red Cross-trained lifeguard who works for the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District, was off duty that Saturday.
News Story: “If you can give somebody five more minutes with their loved ones, then it’s worth it.”
“I give platelets because my wife had metastatic breast cancer – it had metastasized to her liver. She became really jaundiced and went in to have some blood work done,” James Braun of Lexington, SC, recalls his wife’s battle with cancer.
News Story: "I had a skill set that I thought the community could use,” Retired Nurse becomes Red Cross Health Services Volunteer Nurse
Terry Hevener was a nurse for over 40 years across the Southeast. After retirement, she knew that she had skills that her community could benefit from, so she decided to volunteer with the American Red Cross.