Gift of Life Tribute, 10-Gallon Donor Celebration
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Riverside Convention Center
From the horror, tragedy and grief of the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack arose a sense of dedication and commitment to others,
the coming together of community in the darkest of days, and a spirit of resilience.
That dedication – that determination – will be center stage at LifeStream blood bank’s annual signature event, the 2017 Gift of Life
Tribute, 10-Gallon Donor Celebration.
The theme of this year’s event is, “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at
whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
Thanks to everyday heroes who roll up their sleeves and give the most intimate of gifts to those they’ll likely never know or meet,
LifeStream provides blood products to more than 80 Southern California hospitals.
LifeStream’s 2017 Gift of Life Tribute, 10-Gallon Donor Celebration honors those with a longstanding commitment to a lifesaving cause,
including generous community friends, tireless blood drive chairpersons, and 10-Gallon Donor Club members, who collectively donate
more than 2,200 gallons of blood annually.
With the memory of December 2, 2015 still vivid, it is more fitting than ever that we come together to honor these forms of giving.
We invite you to join us. On behalf of thousands of patients assisted, and their loved ones given comfort, thank you for your support.
Mistress of Ceremonies
LifeStream welcomed back 95.1 KFROG radio personality Heather Froglear as mistress of ceremonies. Heather’s connection to blood
donors is personal; she has been a voice and an advocate for the cause of voluntary blood donation for the past 15 years.
REDLANDS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Humanitarian of the Year Award
LifeStream is honored to present the Humanitarian of the Year Award to Redlands Community Hospital. Since 1997, RCH-hosted LifeStream
blood drives have collected more than 12,000 units of blood – helping save about 30,000 lives. The totals increase the first Tuesday
of every month.
“Redlands Community Hospital has been extraordinarily supportive of LifeStream,” said Frederick B. Axelrod, MD, LifeStream’s president,
CEO and medical director. “This commitment complements the hospital’s dedication to providing the best and most compassionate of
care for its patients.”
WESLEY “TAIT” STEVENS, MD
Award for Medical Excellence
A blood donor before he became a blood banker, Dr. Wesley “Tait” Stevens is a member of LifeStream’s elite 10-Gallon Donor Club with
27 gallons donated as of December 2016.
A graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Stevens is a frequent guest lecturer for future medical school graduates,
and incorporates the importance of voluntary blood donation into each talk.
“If you think about what it takes to keep civilization together, it’s easy to recognize that volunteer blood donors are donating
for everyone,” he says.
Dr. Stevens is a valued supporter of LifeStream, in word and deed, and it the organization takes great pride in naming him LifeStream’s
2017 Medical Honoree. (261)
Youth Ambassador of the Year Award
Fifteen-year-old Keely Proctor has turned traumatic event into a message of gratitude and hope. In 2010, then eight-year-old Keely
fell 30 feet from a ski lift, suffering serious internal injuries. She required 30 units of blood products from LifeStream donors
Upon returning home she felt neither bitterness nor anger. She just asked her parents, “Why did this happen to me?” Before they could
answer, she said, “Perhaps so that I can save others.”
Keely lived that statement. She encouraged others to give blood, helped organize school drives, thanked blood donors at every turn,
and patiently waited the day she, too, could join the team of volunteer blood donors.
Keely turned 15 in November 2016 and wanted to do one things for her birthday – donate blood. Keely had come full circle – now she
was on the side of hope and giving for patients and their loved ones.
LifeStream is proud of Keely Proctor. It is with great appreciation that she is presented LifeStream’s 2017 Youth Ambassador Award.
FORWARD TOGETHER IN HOPE
December 2, 2015 at Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino will always be known as a day of loss, of fear, of tragedy.
This year’s feature story chronicles the events of the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, the bravery of our first responders and the heroic actions of our community as a whole.
“I think a lot of people look to the police and fire departments and the doctors and nurses, the people that are visibly present working and responding. I think another important thing is that there are people that went and they donated blood. The blood that they donated in the days before the incident helped save the 22 people that survived that day and they help save people every single day. And so our entire community becomes part of our ability to respond and effectively save lives.” – San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan
THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS
- Barstow Community Hospital and Auxiliary
Community and Corporate Relations Manager
384 West Orange Show Road
San Bernardino, CA. 92408