Children's Hospital Colorado

Destinee Brown Brings Smiles to the Children's Colorado Blood Donor Center

9News | July 12, 2016

If you've called or visited the Blood Donor Center at Children's Hospital Colorado lately, there's a good chance you've encountered Destinee Brown. The cheery 20-year-old calls people to remind them of their appointments, recruits new donors, and welcomes them to the center when they come through the door.

"I'm a really big people person," Destinee told Kyle Dyer, a news anchor at Denver station KUSA (9News), during a recent interview. "I love people."

As 9News reported, Destinee performs her work with a smile, yet without her sight or mobility. 

"I just try to show them 'I'm just like you' and want to have the same opportunities you do," Destinee said.  "I show them what it's like to be me.  I can get around in a sighted world. I just have to figure out how to do it."

Blood Donor Center Manager Jay Connors explained that he first met Destinee last year during her internship through Project SEARCH, a school to work transition program for young adults with disabilities.

"We really had to think about it because it was obvious Destinee had a lot to offer," Connors told 9News. "How could we best use her talents? What accommodations could we make? Where could we bring technology in to solve some of the challenges?"

Read the full story and watch the video of Destinee Brown and Project Search on the 9News website.