Insurance for the blood supply.
Prevent deaths in your community.

About Us is a 501c3 nonprofit organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, more specifically to eliminate blood bank shortages that threaten to maintain worldwide economic stability. 501c3 official approval document
Currently there is NO substitute for human blood for healing injuries, performing medical operations, and treating a whole host of diseases. You have at least a 25% likelihood to need a blood transfusion in your lifetime. When that time comes, do you want to be on a waiting list because the hospital is out of blood?

What is a Blood Bank Shortage?

Affecting millions of people in every country worldwide, blood supply shortages are real and only getting worse. In mild shortages, all elective surgeries can be put on hold until blood levels are stabilized. In extreme situations, acute injuries can’t be treated and the injured tragically die without compatible blood available. This is a worldwide problem that is only getting worse and is costing the lives of many people. A simple Google search on the subject will show you how widespread this problem is, affecting both developed and developing countries alike. A few coincidental emergencies in a specific locality have a very high risk for increasing casualty rates for even the mildly injured.

Organization Goals

  • Advocate an educational platform about the importance of blood donation, we think we can make an impact by increasing blood donation awareness.
  • Manage a technology platform for blood donors to connect. Through software development, we believe we can add real value to the global blood system.

Board Members:

Phil Maher

Phil Maher – Chair

Phil Maher has been passionate about blood donation since 2002, when we started donating plasma for money in college to pay for books and food. His background is in software development and marketing with a degree from Illinois State University in Telecommunications Management. He has worked as a Director of Interactive Strategy for RH Donnelly and also brings real San Franciso startup experience from Ejemoni (now H5 Technologies) and Adteractive. He’s also consulted for many entrepreneurs and organizations like University of California San Francisco, Ameriteach, GameDaily, and AkimboCard.

Linda Eng Becker

Linda Eng Becker – Vice Chair

Linda Eng, originally born in Canton, China, graduated from the University of Iowa with a double-major degrees in Management Information Systems and Marketing, with a minor in Psychology. Her law degree is from Washburn University School of Law. She also volunteers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and works as a Guardian Ad Litem with the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. She is currently practicing law for Leonard A. Martinez and Associates.

Gretchen Shaw

Gretchen Shaw – Treasurer

Gretchen Shaw graduated Magna Cum Laude from Augustana College. Her expertise comes from 10 years of experience in profitability analysis, strategic reporting and internal auditing at Baker & McKenzie. She’s traveled to 24 different countries for her Firm, and became interested in blood donation after a trip to the Philippines. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor, but can not do your taxes.

Joshua Kuhn

Dr. Joshua Kuhn – Secretary

Dr. Joshua Kuhn received his undergraduate schooling at Southern Illinois University, and has a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College. He had served for three years as a volunteer national ski patroller at Mt. Bachelor and has treated many world class athletes as well as weekend warriors.

Ryan Casey

Ryan Casey

Ryan Casey attended University of Vermont where he Studied History(Maj) and a Business (Min). He has 8 years experience in the event planning field. He also has 10 years experience with small business management and three years experience with sales and social media. Ryan has been interested in blood donation for many years and has given his fair share of his blood to help the cause.

Shout Outs:

We want to give credit where credit is due and have been able to utilize some great open source codebases. Here are the projects we’re getting involved with:

This is a fun project we used to create the BloodBot companion.

This is the framework we used for all the back-end and database stuff.

Canvas Mol
Awesome project to create 3D models of molecules.

CakeBaker’s Oauth Consumer class
Consumer class used to connect to services using Oauth authentication.

Neil Crooke’s Http Socket Oauth class
Http Socket extension of CakePHP’ core HttpSocket for Oauth authentication.

GeoDataSource Lat/Long Distance
This script calculates the distance between two points (given the latitude/longitude of those points). is committed to the global blood industry by creating a sustainable system.