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Helping others November 14, 2008

Posted 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.

Mattia, Desiree, Talia, & Pat

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.

chatting at the blood drive

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.

Talking with those donating

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.

Angels for Talia cards

giving out the cards

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.

meeting Talia

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.

Desiree on the phone

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!

Chatting with Mattia

Mattia & Talia

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.

Last photo of the day

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!



1. Best Life Barb - November 17, 2008

Please let everyone know that we are holding a telethon to help TALIA from now until December 20th on The Best Life Barb radio show on 1190 WAMT, Saturdays 9 AM – 11 AM EST or on http://www.bestlifebarb.com

Donate at least one dollar for every healthy child you have, and if you don’t have any then donate twice as much!

Checks and money orders should be made out to: ANGELS FOR TALIA and send in care of THE BEST LIFE BARB SHOW, P.O. BOX 1956, GOTHA, FL 34734.

We will try to give an update of Talia’s condition every Saturday on THE BEST LIFE BARB SHOW. For more information you can email barb@bestlifebarb.com.

Email everyone you know to help. If we pull together we can make a difference in this child’s life.

~Barbara Simon aka Best Life Barb

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