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Here are the moving stories that clearly portray the ongoing and urgent need for blood products:
Six-year-old Caroline was diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma in 2013. She underwent many rounds of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and 6 rounds of antibody-driven immunotherapy. She also received several blood and platelets transfusions as part of her treatment. Caroline is now clear of the disease! She loves to dance, read, play with medical equipment, and order people around.
Max was born prematurely and became anemic due to a rare blood type incompatibility. He required a blood transfusion after being diagnosed at Rady Children’s. Now he is doing well and his parents are so grateful to SDBB and all of those who donate blood.
Bryan Caraveo was hit by a truck while riding his bicycle to work. During his long recovery he required many units of blood products. He thanks all those who donate blood and support the SDBB.
Kennedy Kraus received blood transfusions as part of her treatment for aplastic anemia before undergoing a successful bone marrow transplant in 2007. Today Kennedy is healthy; she is a senior in high school and getting ready to apply to college to pursue a medical career. Kennedy volunteers for the blood bank and has an appreciation for life far beyond her years.
Waylon was born in 2012 with severe respiratory distress. During the 13 weeks after his birth he had two surgeries and 50 blood transfusions. At home now, he is off oxygen completely.
Stefanie Sacknoff was transfusion dependent for eleven years due to aplastic anemia. Thanks to a bone marrow transplant in 2007, Stefanie is completely recovered and graduated from George Washington University in 2013, as a physician assistant. She now works locally in Hematology/Oncology and enjoys spending time with her family and 2 year old nephew who all live in San Diego.
Gabriella Martinez is dependent on blood transfusions every three weeks or so. She has a rare form of anemia – beta thalassemia major. She has been receiving transfusions since she was a baby and will continue so her mother and Rady Children’s strive to make the day-long visits as pleasant as possible. Her family frequently attends blood drives to thank donors for the precious gift they are giving Gabriella and patients like her.
Kamila has beta thalassemia major, a severe form of anemia that requires regular transfusions. Her first came when she was just two months old. A nurse at Rady Children’s introduced Kamila’s mother to Gabriella’s mother and together their families help each other and support the San Diego Blood Bank. They are so grateful for the transfusions that keep their children alive and healthy.
Mercedes Soto required regular transfusions to keep her healthy after being diagnosed with leukemia. She is so grateful to the blood donors who kept her healthy while waiting for her successful bone marrow transplant.
In August of 2015, at nine months old Hazel was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a type of blood cancer. In November of 2015, she had a bone marrow transplant, but two months later relapsed. Hazel has had numerous blood and platelet transfusions and will need additional transfusions as she undergoes further treatment. Hazel has been fighting leukemia for half of her life, but refuses to let it stop her from the things she loves like dancing, singing and coloring.