Meet Thomas Rogers, Heart Valve Recipient               Thomas was born with a congenital heart disease called “L-transposition of the Great Arteries with pulmonary atresia”.  Emergency surgery was required immediately when Thomas was born in order to keep him alive.  Thomas has had several open heart surgeries that required not only blood transfusions, but also organ donations of tissue that were needed to repair his […]

One Breath at a Time Prior to her diagnosis, Nancy was a busy wife and mom to two boys. During the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, she battled the flu and a persistent cough that just would not pass. After a visit to Urgent Care she was diagnosed with pneumonia. However after antibiotics, a followup scan showed that it was much more than just pneumonia. Nancy was diagnosed with […]

Amber Elise Jefferson looks like a typical 12-year-old girl, with a warm smile and outgoing personality. But from the time she was born, her parents knew their child would be facing daunting obstacles. When Amber’s mother was expecting her they found out their child had sickle cell disease. When Amber was five years old she had a transcranial Doppler ultrasound which showed there was some damage and a potential for […]

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“Thanks to blood donors, I am mommy’s little princess.” Edmya Turner was born two months early, and needed blood when she was only four days old. Although her premature status has resulted in chronic asthma, she is alive today to enjoy Dora the Explorer, her puppy dog, dancing and being loved and cherished by her family. Edmya’s chances for growing up healthy and happy increase every day. “Mississippi Blood Services […]

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Felder Sartin Bogue Chitto Acute lymphoblastic leukemia “I have a great appreciation now for blood donors”, Jessica Sartin, Felder’s mother, said. “Both my husband and I will be blood donors from now on.” Felder Sartin was an active little four-year-old boy, playing sports and games with his friends. He was looking forward to attending four-year-old Kindergarten and doing all the things children his age get to do. But shortly after […]

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Jaden Nixon Jackson, MS Sickle Cell Anemia “Without blood donors people with sickle cell disease would continue to have strokes” – Larry Nixon Jaden’s Dad Dr. Larry Nixon and his wife Dee are grateful that their six-year-old son Jaden has never needed a blood transfusion. But they know blood needs to be available if he should ever need it. Jaden has sickle cell disease. For most cases of sickle cell […]

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Kadie Garner and Liz Carpenter Magee, Miss. Heart Transplants and Blood Recipients “Thanks to blood donors, we believe in miracles.” Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Garner, right, and Kadie Darlene Garner, left, have suffered from heart disease most of their lives. The sisters were diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy as children and had to learn to live restricted lives as their condition worsened over the years. As the two women have faced the […]

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Landry Skelton Lumberton, Miss. Cancer, Blood Recipient “Thanks to blood donors, I am living a normal life.” Landry Skelton’s mother received the greatest gift of her life Christmas Day 2002, a baby boy. Over the next few months of his life she began to notice that he seemed sicker than other babies. Then at seven months, she discovered a lump on his side. Landry was later admitted to the hospital […]

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Emma and Ella Henry Jackson Premature Birth Even rising stars need a chance to begin and a lot of help along the way. Ella and Emma Henry, who play Mae Mobley Leefolt in the 2011 film The Help, did not come into this world as movie stars, but their first months were filled with drama. Born at less than 25 weeks, the twins spent their first three months at the […]

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ReShawd Ellison and his parents, Dimitri and Angela, are no strangers to adversity. When ReShawd was three months old, he was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Before he was ten, he had already suffered from debilitating strokes. He has been a blood recipient since he was five years old. He will need blood transfusions at least once a month for as long as he suffers from sickle cell disease. The […]

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