(St. Petersburg, FL. December 15, 2014) The Original CRABBY BILL’s restaurant is hosting a blood drive in honor of Kailani, a four year old girl who is fighting leukemia with the help of blood and platelet donors. Donors who share their power to save lives by giving blood will enjoy a FREE appetizer and two vouchers each for a FREE movie ticket.
Kailani Dedication Blood Drive
Sunday, December 21, 2014
1p.m. – 5p.m.
At CRABBY BILL’S
401 Gulf Blvd.
Indian Rocks Beach, FL
Appointments Honored, Walk-Ins Welcome
Visit oneblood.org or call 1.800.68.BLOOD (1.800.682.5663)
In addition, all donors will receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org or call 1.800.68.BLOOD (1.800.682.5663).
Her mother Amie Suwardhana shares this story. “Kailani is a very beautiful, sweet, adventurous kid who loves the beach, animals, her little brother Indie and My Little Ponies. On May 8, 2014 we took her to the pediatrician for a fever. When the doctor couldn’t find the source of her fever she did a blood test and upon reading the results, told us to go directly to the emergency room. It looked like she had leukemia. Sure enough, after a few hours of tests in the ER our worst fears were confirmed. Kailani was diagnosed with Pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She was 3 1/2 years old at the time.”
“What followed was 11 days in the hospital, 4 blood transfusions, 4 platelet transfusions, surgery to implant a medi-port in her chest, a lumbar puncture, bone marrow biopsy, MRI and the first rounds of chemo. She was in so much pain she didn’t walk for an entire week. Finally she was discharged, only to be re-admitted 2 days later due to another fever. This time she spent a week in the hospital. To date she has been admitted 5 times for various reasons and has had to go to the emergency room 10 times. She has battled pneumonia and a bout of short term diabetes as a side effect of chemo. She lost her hair recently, and still experiences leg pain after chemo. She will be in treatment for a total of 2 1/2 years and she’s only 6 months in, so we’re only at the beginning of this journey.”
OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients. The service area of OneBlood includes the Tampa Bay area, South and Southeast Florida, the Orlando-metro area and surrounding Central Florida counties, parts of Southwest Florida, Pensacola and Tallahassee and some parts of Southern Georgia and Alabama. The OneBlood name is a constant reminder of the collective power we share to save another person’s life.