Helping others November 14, 2008Posted by Amanda Kern in Uncategorized.
The blood drive for Talia today was a huge success. It seems as though Talia has managed to make an appearance on another three radio stations this morning to help spread the word about the blood drive. This morning I couldn’t help but smile hearing her adorable little voice as she spoke with the guys on 104.1. Her story moved the dj’s and listeners to go out and donate today or in the upcoming week. Talia spoke along side Desire, and Pat Michael’s of Florida’s blood centers – which helped listeners understand the need for donations not just for Talia but for many others. Later in the afternoon I met up at the blood drive with Talia’s family and Pat Michaels at the blood drive.
Talia spoke with quite a few people at the blood drive. One of the questions the radio dj’s confronted her with this morning was how others reacted to the fact that she’s lost her hair due to chemo. Though she feels as though most people stare at her because she has no hair, she’s found that wearing hats or wigs helps her feel more comfortable. Today she was wearing a super cool black hat at the blood drive, which she only removed this one time.
Talia was even able to speak with some of the donors while giving blood. She was happy to see how many people were helping out, and was thankful that today she was not the one getting poked.
I created business cards to help spread the word about Talia’s web site. During the blood drive Talia was able to give these cards out to donors and people she met.
I was impressed with the success of today’s blood drive. It’s amazing how others have stepped up to reach out and help donating blood to help Talia and others in need. In the case of Stacey Dyess of High Tech Institute, she informed Talia that they had a photo of Talia hanging at their school encouraging students to come out to the blood drive to donate.
I must admit that though I am so moved by how much Talia has gone through, I can’t help but admire the strength of her family. As Desiree mentioned on the radio this morning, cancer affects not just the cancer patient – but the entire family. Her mother, Desiree, has stopped working and has been by Talia’s side these last two years as she’s underwent numerous treatments. She’s endured far more stress than should be shared on this blog, but one thing’s certain – she loves Talia dearly. Capturing this moment of her on the phone definitely sums up just a small fraction of how busy she’s been between her many chats with radio stations, supporting the blood drive, and more.
There’s also Talia’s sister, Mattia, who’s 15 years old. I imagine Talia’s health has been equally tough for Mattia, where so much attention these last two years has been placed on taking care of Talia.
I admired seeing the bond between Mattia & Talia. Talia definitely looks up to her big sister!
I must admit that I’m thrilled to see that Talia has warmed up to my camera since my first visit with her two weeks ago. She has the most awesome smile.
I admired how she spent time talking to my son today. Before leaving the blood drive today I took this last shot of her as she looked down on my son in his stroller.
I’d definitely say that today’s blood drive was a huge success, thanks to Talia, the huge heart of all the donors, and the wonderful staff at Florida’s blood centers. We are fortunate right now that though this blood drive was in support of Talia, she’s been improving so much that she’s not needed donations this last week. I’m not sure if Talia truly realizes it yet, although so many others are stepping up to help her – by her standing up sharing her story she’s also helping so many others who will likely need today’s donations. Stay strong Talia – and know that if the times comes that you need help you have so many others who will step up to help you!