A Sweet 16 Milestone With A Drive To Save Lives

Few 16 year-old-teens plan for much more on their milestone birthday than getting their driver’s license, celebrating with friends and feeling that newfound freedom. Grant Kellenberger of Mohnton celebrated his 16th birthday with Miller-Keystone Blood Center in Reading, by adding one more moment to his day. Grant, having recovered from COVID-19 in November, decided to ring in his birthday and the New Year by donating his convalescent plasma to help others fighting the virus. See more of Grant’s story here.

Kellenberger and his family battled the virus in the fall and commented that if they could they would donate their convalescent plasma when they recovered. Staying true to his word, and with his mom seated nearby prepping to donate her plasma as well, Grant humbly sat back in his chair as he was prepped for his donation.

In just about an hour, Grant had donated three bags of convalescent plasma. He ended his donation with much appreciation, cake and balloons to celebrate his birthday by the staff at Miller-Keystone Blood Center.

Convalescent Plasma has the potential to boost the immune system to help critically ill patients fighting the virus. If you’ve recovered from COVID-19, please consider donating your antibody rich Convalescent Plasma to help others just as Grant did in January.

To be eligible to donate convalescent plasma, you be symptom-free for at least 14 days, and have a positive COVID-19 test result.  You must still meet all General Eligibility Guidelines, and pass all other screening tests and qualifications necessary for donating blood.  The actual donation process will be the same as for a whole blood or automated plasma donation.

You are eligible to donate Convalescent Plasma if you:

  • Had a positive test
  • Had symptoms but are symptom-free for at least fourteen (14) days
  • Did not receive a convalescent plasma, red blood cell, plasma or platelet transfusion in the past three (3) months
  • Qualify as a volunteer community blood donor –  click here for General Eligibility Guidelines

You are NOT eligible to donate Convalescent Plasma if you: 

  • Received a COVID-19 vaccination
  • Received a convalescent plasma, red blood cell, plasma or platelet transfusion in the past three (3) months
  • Currently have symptoms or have not been symptom free for at least fourteen (14) days

Visit https://www.giveapint.org/covid-plasma/ to learn more and to schedule your donation today.