Mission and Goals:
The Suzanne Ledin Memorial Foundation was established in 2003 as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. The Foundation is named in honor of Suzanne F. Ledin, MT(ASCP)SBB, whose lifetime devotion to excellence in public health, medical technology and blood banking is an inspiration to her colleagues throughout the world and, by way of the Foundation, is now an opportunity for future generations.
The mission of the Foundation is to reward accomplishments and to support education and training in all aspects of blood banking, transfusion medicine, and related clinical laboratory endeavors. This mission is currently carried out through the following lectureship and scholarship awards:
The Foundation awards one annual Suzanne Ledin Memorial Lectureship in collaboration with the California Blood Bank Society (CBBS). This award recognizes an individual who is actively involved in education, training, research and/or practice of a scientific nature pertaining to transfusion medicine and blood banking. The recipient of this yearly award, selected independently by the CBBS Scientific Program Committee, presents the Suzanne Ledin Memorial Lecture at the CBBS Annual Meeting. The Foundation provides an honorarium and reimburses the lecturer’s travel and lodging expenses.
In the fall of 2006, the Foundation began awarding scholarships for students enrolled in accredited Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) programs. Every year, the Suzanne Ledin Travel Award enables two SBB students to travel to and attend the annual American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) meeting. These merit-based scholarships are intended to provide SBB students with opportunities for education and scientific interaction.
The Suzanne Ledin Memorial Foundation acknowledges the generous support of Chiron Corporation and other founding donors, and thanks Suzanne Ledin’s many friends all over the world who continue to contribute to progress in blood banking and transfusion medicine.