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Donor Robert

Robert Boesch has been giving blood since the 1970s. It all began when the wife of his coworker needed blood transfusions. To date, Robert has donated well over 100 times! Then life threw him a curveball. Over Labor Day weekend last year, Robert came down with COVID-19. While he didn’t… Read More

Donor Tia

Tia Lewis has a track record of stepping up to help in times of need. While a student at Kaimuki High School, Tia was asked to give blood and didn’t hesitate. When a few years later she recovered from COVID-19 and had life-saving plasma in her blood, she came in… Read More

FightCOVID

Our blood is amazing. It contains natural defenders called antibodies that identify and target viruses, bacteria and diseases that cause us harm. When you recover from COVID-19, your blood still contains these COVID-19-targeted antibodies, which doctors need for hospitalized patients who are fighting the virus. Because… Read More

MSM Deferral

Explaining the MSM Deferral The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for determining donor eligibility requirements. Blood Bank of Hawaii strictly adheres to FDA regulations. The FDA requires all blood centers to question donors about activities that are associated with an increased risk of exposure to infectious agents. Men… Read More

Tough Enough

With the unique ability to save people with other blood types, we need O donors to come to the rescue of emergency, trauma and infant patients at 18 hospitals across our state. O blood can make the difference between life and death. O-negative blood is accepted by everyone, and… Read More

Convalescent Plasma (CCP)

Convalescent Plasma (CCP)

Blood Bank of Hawaii (BBH) has convened a coalition to implement a statewide COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) program to treat severely ill patients, hospitalized with the coronavirus. Read More

Donor Dustin

“People always ask me ‘What drives you to donate?’ Growing up, my Grandma would always say ‘Boy, if someone needs help, help them. Even if you don’t know them, help them. Because it’s the right thing do.’ This philosophy has been instilled in me since I was a child. My… Read More

Donor Susie

For Susie Lee, mother of two daughters and a retired nurse, giving comes naturally. She has given blood for 45 years and even donated a kidney to her husband’s cousin. When asked about her motivations, Susie had two very personal reasons: Danilo and Sakura. While the names are made up… Read More