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Save a Life at the Blood Drive

Plenty of spots are open for the upcoming blood drive here at King of Kings on December 7. Giving blood is one of the greatest gifts you can give during this season of celebration and love. Here is Danielle’s story about how blood donations are helping to save this girl’s life.

The Power of a Blood Donation – Danielle Matrisciano

Danielle Matrisciano could find an upside in just about anything — even losing her hair. When her mom explained she would lose her hair during treatment for acute myeloid leukemia, Danielle, who was 5 at the time, thought that was pretty cool.

“I can’t wait till that happens,” she told her mom. “I get to wear wigs and hats and don’t have to comb my hair.”

Her mother, Teresa Matrisciano, gave Danielle credit for her optimism.

“Danielle is an angel,” she said. “She is the strongest of the entire family and holds us together. She always has a smile on her face, despite the bad days.” The bad days included six months spent as an inpatient at a local children’s hospital, where Danielle completed five phases of chemotherapy. Not knowing what the staff would do next or whether it would hurt was the hardest part for her. She said she hated the finger pokes and being woken up in the middle of the night for medication, too.

Despite this, Danielle remained positive and spunky. She had complete faith that when she grew up she would be a doctor on Mondays and Tuesdays, a teacher on Wednesdays and Thursdays and a doctor again on Fridays and Saturdays.

Danielle was already more well-versed in medical procedures and terminology than most kids her age. As a kindergartner, she could rattle off the names of drugs like Ativan and Fluconazole. She could also tell you about blood, which she describes as red like the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and platelets, which she thinks look like orange gravy or orange juice.

Danielle knew all too well about medications and blood products because they were a regular part of her life in the six months following her diagnosis. Yet again, Danielle looked at the positives.

“The more platelets I get, the sooner I get to go home,” she said.

We will be in the hallway November 30 so you can also sign up then or online at redcrossblood.org sponsor code kingofkings. If you have any questions, please call or email Brenda Denne at 402-504-9036.

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