Sal Needs Blood and a Match

Sal Rivera is fighting for his life against a reoccurrence of a rare leukemia. He and his family are very thankful for the blood and platelet donations keeping him alive right now, as he undergoes chemotherapy prior to a bone marrow transplant. He is going through a lot of O- blood and platelets now trying to keep his strength up. Sal, and his wife Kacie,want to be sure there are enough of the products he is using, not just for himself, but for everyone fighting cancer. We do provide blood products to City of Hope when Kern County stocks are sufficient, and have been able to do so during Sal’s stay.

We hope you will support Sal and his family with a blood, platelet or plasma donation during Sal’s Blood Drive from Thursday, February 1 to Saturday, February 10, 2018 at either donor center. The biggest needs are O-, O+, A-, A+, B- and B+ blood, AB plasma, and platelets of any kind.  Platelet and plasma donors should make an appointment by calling 661-616-2505.  Whole blood donors can just walk in.

Sal was diagnosed with a rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April 2016. After a year-long battle, the cancer seemed gone and life was returning to normal for Sal and his family. But, at the end of 2017, Sal’s cancer returned. More information on the family, and Sal’s fight, is available at their Go Fund Me page.

Sal needs a bone marrow transplant to survive, so we are looking for his match from someone of Hispanic/Latin descent. A bone marrow drive on January 20th at Barber Honda saw 65 people sign up to become marrow donors, but we’d like to find more potential matches for Sal, and time is of the essence. We will have bone marrow registration kits at both donor centers throughout the drive for people 18-44 years of age throughout the drive.

The kits we collect will be picked up by Korina Mendoza, Community Outreach Specialist at City of Hope.  Sal will receive his marrow transplant there, as transplants are not available in Kern County.  Korina will be on hand Monday, February 5 from 4 to 6 pm at the Bolthouse Donor Center for those who would like help in English or Spanish. Sal has his own page at Be the Match for those who want more information or to have a kit sent directly to them here

Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, like Leukemia or Lymphoma. The only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. 70% of patients don’t have a compatible match in the family and rely on finding an unrelated donor. You can help by joining the Be the Match Registry.