Bonfils donors get chance to see how they helped transform a life


Posted on 08/09/2018

Volunteer blood donors know they're transforming patients' lives with every donation, but due to privacy laws it's nearly impossible for donors to learn who they help. However, thanks to a Denver family who granted permission, Bonfils Blood Center was able to notify nearly 40 blood donors that they helped Quade Marks during his fight against cancer, giving them the rare chance to see the positive outcome of one of their donations. 

Fifteen of those donors came to Bonfils Blood Center's Community Lifelines reception on Aug. 7 and met Quade, now age 11, and his family face to face. 

(See their names and photos below.)

Red blood cell and platelet donations were integral in Quade's treatment starting in April 2016 at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Like many cancer patients, he required repeated transfusions over several months. 

Quade is starting sixth grade cancer free, able to return to the sports he loves including lacrosse and snowboarding.

"Some people say I'm a hero for fighting cancer but the real heroes are my doctors, nurses and donors," Quade said. "It's very cool that people donate their own blood to patients, like me, to help save our lives."

It really does take all types of blood donors to meet patient needs every day. Quade's donors include whole blood and platelet donors of seven different blood types: A+, A-, B+, AB+, AB-, O+ and O-.  His donors range in age from 20 to 86 and live anywhere from Windsor to Colorado Springs. A few of his donors have given blood just that one time, but many more give regularly. There are even a few who've made upwards of 400 donations in their lifetime. 

Join the ranks of blood donors who help meet patient needs every day! Visit a Bonfils donation center or blood drive near you!

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During his treatment, Quade also received a bone marrow transplant. Join the Be The Match Registry through Bonfils' Marrow Program and help provide hope to many more patients in need of a lifesaving match!

Quade Marks pictured with his family, 15 of his blood donors, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children medical staff and Bonfils Blood Center staff:

Sixteen of Quade's donors wished to remain anonymous. The following donors allowed us to share their names:

Timothy Bates 220 lifetime donations Colleen Brewer 47 lifetime donations
Carl Burg 44 lifetime donations David Chase 17 lifetime donations
David Chase 17 lifetime donations Julie Christiansen 157 lifetime donations
Dawn Doucet 166 lifetime donations Jennifer Enriquez-Orozco 11 lifetime donations
Douglas Hart 60 lifetime donations Hans Konstabel 432 lifetime donations
April Leary 20 lifetime donations Joseph Lothringer 447 lifetime donations
Margaret Lowe 85 lifetime donations Richard Martinez 12 lifetime donations
Jane Meyers 5 lifetime donations Leanne Olson 36 lifetime donations
Laurie Parks 87 lifetime donations Mary Parmelee 83 lifetime donations
Kaye Reed 200 lifetime donations Alan Sirhal 112 lifetime donations
Marleena Trail 4 lifetime donations James Valdez Jr. 77 lifetime donations
Nicholas Young  18 lifetime donations    








Photos by Seth McConnell
Video by Fireside Production