Brian Wong - Volunteer Profile
Blood Donor and blood drive volunteer!
Like many people, Brian Wong’s interest in donating blood and volunteering with the American Red Cross came as the result of seeing the need personally. His exposure to dozens of cancer patients while his mother was being treated for melanoma made him aware of the need for blood donors.
“During spring vacation in 2004, when I was in junior high, my mother was being treated for melanoma,” Brian explained. “I went with her during her treatments and saw a lot of people sitting there getting transfusions of red blood cells, plasma and platelets. Although my mother didn’t use blood, as I learned more, I realized any of those people having transfusions could have been my mom.”
Although just 14 years old at the time and under the required age to donate, Brian said he wanted to become a blood donor at that point. “If there was any way I could have donated then, I would have.” Later that same year, Brian’s mother, Kathleen Burchedean, who was a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Band, and only 54 years old, passed away.
Brian, who is 21, is currently a sophomore and a psychology major at
Brian has been an active volunteer at
Since that time Brian has volunteered in several capacities with the blood drives at
“I watch their reaction when I ask,” Brian continued. “Some of the reasons they give for not donating are not consistent with their body language. There is some fear there, but to overcome it, they need to find the source of the fear.” Brian said his goal is to get people to donate blood at least once to help get over their fears of donating. “How can you make a decision this is something you don’t want to do if you have never done it?”
Christopher Jones, donor marketing specialist in the Southwest Zone, appreciates Brian’s reliability and commitment to help ensure the success of
Brian plans to continue his involvement with the Red Cross during his time at