Donors Needed This Summer

June 2, 2022

Greetings my Fellow Alaskan:

I hope my letter finds you well, looking forward to our glorious Alaskan Summer, and the wonderful times that await in the sunshine. Countless trails to be hiked. Fish are biting. Time with friends and family in the great outdoors. Maybe a road trip or flight to your special place in Alaska. It is the season. Literally a land of adventure.

We at Blood Bank of Alaska take great satisfaction in working with you to assure the well-being of our fellow Alaskans in their time of need. It can happen to anyone. Anyone of us, beloved family member, or friend could need blood. You and donors like you, along with Blood Bank of Alaska (BBA), have answered the call for 60 years. That’s right, since 1962, BBA and our generous donors have been saving lives. You have had a direct impact on others living to see another Summer, hike a trail, catch a fish, kiss their child goodnight. Thank you!

I want you to know that we at BBA understand what we ask of you each time we contact you. I know it must get tiring at times, having BBA call, text, or email you. Asking for your time, literally asking for your blood. Sometimes, it must feel like you are the only one who cares, you are the only one with a sense of responsibility for others who need your help.

We understand. We also understand how incredibly special you are. You are a blood or platelet donor. You save lives. You set aside what you are doing, even after maybe not having the best of days. You get in your car, jump on your bike or city bus, you conduct yourself to a BBA mobile drive, or local BBA location, you roll up your sleeve, and you voluntarily let a BBA phlebotomist draw your blood or platelets.

Absolutely incredible! I began in blood banking in 1994. A lot has changed since then. One thing that has not. I have never lost the sheer awe I have for you, and for blood and platelet donors in general. The selflessness. The generosity and commitment. The willingness to help another who you do not know and may never meet; at least knowingly. But rest assured, chances are you have met a recipient of your blood in a business meeting. Maybe rolled your shopping cart past them as you were looking for a bag of potato chips on isle three. You could have said hello to them as you passed them on a trail. Maybe they taught you how to fly-fish.

Thank you. You make and have made a difference in so many lives. We are incredibly grateful for you. I wish you the best Summer yet! Take care, and all the best to you and yours.

Kindest Regards,

Bob Scanlon

Chief Executive Officer