New Bubba the Bear Website and Facebook Page

Community Tissue Services created the Bubba the Bear program for children with burn injuries.  The Bubba the Bear program has brought joy and comfort to hundreds of children healing from severe burns during a very difficult time.

children with severe burns

Each Bubba the Bear kit includes a Bubba the Bear plush animal, an interactive reading and coloring book (also available in Spanish), bookmark, crayons and a Bubba the Bear drawstring backpack.  It is our hope that children will find comfort and hope in Bubba’s story.


To continue the goal of helping to educate and ease the minds of children, Community Tissue Services has launched a new, interactive Bubba the Bear website at!

Bubba the Bear

This website is designed as a place for children with burn injuries and their families to visit and interact with Bubba and his friends. The website has videos, games, character bios, printable coloring sheets, as well as the option to share the child’s own Bubba the Bear drawings or photos of the child and their Bubba the Bear plush.

Bubba the Bear has also launched its own Facebook page at  in order to further promote this program and the new website.

We hope that you will check out the new website and take the time to “Like” the Facebook page and share it with your family and friends!

Ken Blair, CTS Director-OH, is Privileged to be a Steward of Tissue Donations

Ken Blair and Family

Ken Blair and Family

Ken Blair, CTS Director-OH, has been working for Community Tissue Services (CTS) in his current role for 23 years. He started out working in an orthopedic clinic in Texas in the 80’s, just as modern tissue banking was evolving.  While at this clinic, they occasionally used grafts from local tissue banks.  After 10 years, he left that position and worked weekends at an ER. With the encouragement of local tissue bank, he participated in donor recoveries. In 1990, he joined CTS, and as Ken says, “the rest is history.”

When asked what tissue donation means to him, Ken shared with us that it’s “about individuals who can look beyond their circumstance and see how their gift can benefit/change the lives of others in need.  It is an unconditional gift, given freely without restriction, solely for the benefit of others.”

Ken explains his passion for his work by defining it as a “privilege to be one of the stewards of these gifts” of tissue donation, “and as such the obligation to ensure that each gift has the opportunity to be utilized to its fullest.  I work with individuals with a shared desire to honor the gift, the donor and their family; as well as a commitment to our mission and vision of “Extraordinary people saving and enhancing lives”.”

His work has impacted his life in many ways: It has allowed Ken to participate in an emerging field that holds many answers to the problems of today and the future. It has given him the opportunity to meet and share ideas that will hopefully move the field forward.  Perhaps most importantly, though, in some ways, it prepared his family for the loss of a child and the myriad of emotions and decisions that go with that process. Ultimately, Ken says, “it has given me the opportunity to celebrate my son’s life and the impact of his gifts on the lives of others.”

All of us are proud and honored to call Ken not only our co-worker, but also an important part of our CTS family.  To learn more about CTS, visit online at our website. To learn more about tissue donation, visit our interactive experience here.

Valerie’s Gift

ValerieValerie is deeply missed by her friends and family. She was her families “greatest joy”. Her family lost Valerie in a tragic accident just days before her High School Graduation. Her Father, Johnny, shares her story with us:

“She has encouraged many to think about life and all we have to offer and that even after we have passed we can make miracles happen for many people that may need a transplant.

Now, with each and every one of Valerie’s tissue grafts that is transplanted, Valerie is able to reach one more of her goals.”

Read the entire story on the Wall of Life page.