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Blood Drive for Talia (and others) November 12, 2008

Posted by Amanda Kern in Uncategorized.

floridasbloodctrlogoThis Friday, Florida’s Blood Center will be holding a Blood Drive for Talia. I spoke with Desiree this evening, and Talia’s condition has improved. However, it’s still quite important to keep in mind how quickly her condition could change. Through Talia’s recent need for blood & platelet donations, her family has come to realize how important the need for donations are – such as those that have been provided to Talia. Desiree will be speaking on the radio again in the morning to speak with Doc & Grace from K92FM about the need for donations in the area. Because of Talia’s need for platelets and the huge heart of so many who donated, the blood bank’s supply was helped somewhat. However, I’ve come to learn that in Orlando there are constant demands for donations. So I encourage you all to try to make time to come out to the blood drive for Talia or take a trip to your local blood bank.

Here’s the release sent by Florida’s Blood center in regards to the blood drive for Talia:

Florida’s Blood Centers (FBC), the local blood bank, is asking for donations immediately to help 9-year-old Talia Castellano, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma. A special blood drive for Talia will be held at the Orlando Fashion Square Mall Friday, November 14, 2008. Blood donations will help not only Talia’s need for platelet and O negative red blood cell transfusions, but will help our current low blood supply.

WHEN: Friday, November 14, 2008 11:00am-5:00pm

WHERE: Orlando Fashion Square Mall (Inside the West Court near Sears.)

WHO: We need any person who has ever considered giving blood to please contact Florida’s Blood Centers. Cancer patients are in daily need of treatment, burn victims use plasma, trauma victims need red blood transfusions, and routine surgeries depend on the gift of a volunteer donor.  Donors can be as young as 16 and should weigh at least 102 pounds. There is no upper age limit.

Florida’s Blood Center also shared some current facts about donations which may help making the decision to donate a little easier:

  • Florida’s Blood Centers currently needs all blood types, especially Type O Negative.
  • Florida’s Blood Centers currently has a 2-day supply of blood.
  • Every donation is separated into components in our region and will be transfused into a patient usually within 2 to 3 days.
  • Just one donation can save multiple lives, because it’s separated into components– Red Blood Cells, Plasma and Platelets, Clotting Factors and a host of pharmaceuticals.
  • Every three seconds someone is in need of a blood transfusion.
  • Platelet donations are also being encouraged.  Donors should ask about moving into this stage of donating in which platelet donations will impact patients within 5 days.

Now, though this blood drive Friday is certainly in support of Talia, it should be made very clear that donations will not be made just for Talia. In fact, it’s our hopes that her condition is improving enough that she may not need donations as often as she has had the last month. However, there are still so many others out there who could use your help. Hopefully you all are able to donate in the near future.

Download the Release by Florida’s blood center about the upcoming blood drive for Talia.

UPDATE: Desiree just shared the 60 second radio spot of her and Talia along with Pat from Florida’s blood center which will be playing on K92FM, I thought you all might want to take a listen.

Blood Drive for Talia K92fm radio spot



1. Lys - November 14, 2008

My heart broke when I heard the story about Talia. As I’ve mentioned on my personal blog, one of my best friends growing up, Justine, died of this deadly disease when she was 19. She was diagnosed in 1989 and her fight ended in April, 1990. There was no time; no medical innovations; nada unlike the hope that is out there today. So when I heard of the blood drive happening in my neck of the woods, I couldn’t just idly sit by and do nothing.

Thank you for doing what you do and bringing this to our attention. Good wishes are sent Talia & her family’s way for a swift recovery and remission.

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