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Helms Family
Helms Family

Teri Helms donates blood for the greater good. "Societies thrive when a sense of community, and everyone's responsibility to it, is intact," she says. The mother of five (three of her sons, Reagan, Preston, and Austin, also donate regularly) runs a blog that highlights leadership education. She is an outspoken advocate for blood donation.

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Rudolph Vera

Rudolph Vera began donating blood in the 1970s. Blessed with a voice suited for broadcast media, he almost falls silent when asked how many times he's donated in ensuing years.

"I don't know or care how much," he says.

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Alex and John
Alex and John

John Malone's commitment to blood donation goes back to the 1970s. Thirty years later, the importance of John's lifesaving deeds hit home courtesy of his grandson, Alex Jackson Miller.

At 3 months, baby Alex underwent heart surgery that required transfusions during and after the procedure.

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