Nicholas was diagnosed at birth with Sickle Cell Disease, a genetic disorder in which red blood cells form an abnormal crescent shape. These blood cells can clog blood vessels, blocking blood flow and causing severe pain. Nicholas been hospitalized many times, and is currently on chronic blood transfusion therapy. Still, he strives to be an honor student and plans to go to college for mechanical engineering after high school.
9th Annual Puppies for Patients
When we are healthy and in good spirits, it is easy to forget that this joyous time of year can be very difficult for many others. Throughout the months of November and December, CBCC is holding our 9th Annual Puppies for Patients Program. This allows every donor to not only save three lives through donation, but to sign a "puppy tag" to be attached to a stuffed puppy that will then be delivered to children in local hospitals.
Dennis started feeling sick one fall day after returning from a football game. After a visit to his doctor for tests, he was sent to an oncologist and diagnosed with aplastic anemia. After many rounds of chemotherapy and blood transfusions, Dennis received a bone marrow transplant from his brother, and he is now free of the disease.
Joe has fought a long battle with kidney disease that began in 2000. Early treatment led to dialysis and ultimately a kidney transplant. But Joe's body rejected the new kidney and he was hospitalized with complications, requiring two separate life-saving blood transfusions. Finally, Joe's wife Amy decided to participate in a paired organ donation program, resulting in a new transplant for Joe and another patient. Both patients now enjoy normal lives without dialysis.
Reid was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, (ALL) when he was only four years old. Throughout his treatments, he has received regular blood transfusions to help replenish his body with energy and healthy cells. Recently, Reid was honored in a special ceremony by the U.S. Armed Forces for his courageous battle against cancer.
Justine is a Junior Black Belt in Kung Fu and an active member of her local swim team. She is also a cancer patient. Since being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at age 12, Justine has received many blood transfusions as part of her treatment.