Blog of Bloodworks Northwest



Stabbed in the Heart: How Steve Skramstad Started Saving Lives After Almost Losing His

It was Seafair weekend, 1975. Graphic artist Steve Skramstad, then 22, came home to his apartment to find his friend rummaging around in the kitchen, probably looking for food. But something was off. His friend hadn’t been expecting him home and, confused, he became frantic to leave. “He wasn't in his right mind,” Steve remembers. “He was embarrassed and struck out in desperation to get out of my apartment. I got in the way.” In the tussle that ensued, Steve’s friend grabbed the six-inch Finnish-style filet knife on the counter and stabbed it deep into Steve’s chest. His friend fled, leaving Steve in the kitchen to call 911 himself, the blade still jabbing out of his ribcage.
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Bloodworks Beyond Borders: Here to Save a Life

I gave my 105th unit of blood today! This one was especially memorable as it was in Eldoret, Kenya, rather than in my home of Seattle. As different as this facility and experience was, I couldn’t help but note how (much like Bloodworks) this blood collection site takes great pride in its safety protocols, collection procedures, and ability to distribute this life-saving product to people who need it.
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Bloodworks Beyond Borders: My Best-Kept Secret

“Best-kept secrets” aren’t always a good thing, especially when you have something to crow about. For example, Bloodworks Northwest is known as the community blood center throughout Western Washington and Oregon. But what many people might not know about—my best-kept secret—is the organization’s work to bring about change in the global medical landscape.
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Standing Strong For Diverse Patients

For Shona Carter from Vancouver, Washington, a shocking diagnosis provides an opportunity to advocate for more diverse blood and bone marrow donors.
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