Noah Adams

When Noah found out he had cancer, he only hesitated for a moment.

“For the first two seconds that I heard that I had cancer, my heart dropped,” Noah said. “Those two seconds went by and I thought, ‘Well, I gotta beat it now.’”

A senior at Central Catholic High School, Noah was diagnosed during the COVID-19 pandemic. But quarantine has not stopped the community’s support for him. Friends and family coordinated a 40-car parade for him, and he continues to receive encouraging messages every day.

“You never thought that just this one child in this one situation can reach that far,” his mother Debi said.

The far-reaching support may be inspired by Noah’s giving nature. When asked what his wish was, instead of making a wish for himself, he wanted to give his friends something. They all received new PS5s that the group of friends plan to use to stay connected with each other while Noah undergoes treatment.

Noah also wants to give to other patients like him.

“There’s this kid, he’s probably about 2 years old,” Noah said. “He has the awesome smile…”

“To think that a two-year-old kid who is going through this type of cancer and may not have that type of blood transfusion… I feel like I have to do something to try and help him.”

To beat his cancer, Noah chose to undergo a rotationplasty surgery—a procedure that will remove the tumor while allowing Noah to maintain an active lifestyle with a prosthetic. He needed blood donations during and after the surgery, and may continue to need more as he undergoes chemotherapy treatment for another seven months.

Even through surgery and treatment, Noah’s positive outlook and generosity continues to impress everyone around him.

Donate blood in honor of Noah and other brave patients like him. Schedule an appointment by visiting SouthTexasBlood.org or calling 210-731-5590.

Kami & Kyra

For sisters Kami and Kyra, growing up means living with sickle cell anemia, a chronic blood disorder that affects one in 365 African-Americans.

Kami, 17, enjoys sports, dancing, and volunteering for civic organizations at school while Kyra, 15, loves listening to music and watching funny videos on YouTube.

But they also live with severe pain, fatigue, malaise and frequent hospital visits for blood transfusions.

“It affects everything,” said Dana, the sisters’ mother. “It affects their school. Their bodies. Something that you’re not always told is how it affects you emotionally.”

Both need blood transfusions every three to four weeks to help manage sickle cell symptoms. Kami has received blood since she was 8, while Kyra has received blood transfusions for more than a year. Together, they have needed over 100 blood transfusions.  

“The thought of my children not having blood when they need it is scary,” Dana said. “Blood donations save lives every single day.”

Dana is also considering marrow transplants for Kami and Kyra, which requires finding a match on the Be The Match Registry, a national database of potential marrow or stem cell donors.

“I just want them to have long, healthy and great lives,” Dana said. “I’m just trying to figure out whatever is out there to help them. I’m going to find it.”

To receive a transplant, Kami and Kyra will both need to find donors with similar genetic backgrounds. African-Americans are largely underrepresented on the registry, leaving patients like Kami and Kyra with only a 23% chance of finding the match they need.

The sisters don’t let the disease or the odds dampen their spirits. They are involved in The Lemonade Circle, a nonprofit that empowers young women of color to become leaders in their communities.

“People always ask me how I do it,” Dana said. “It’s hard not to when you see your kids fighting and trying to squeeze every ounce of life out of every day…They’re really amazing.”

Support Kami and Kyra by scheduling a blood donation by calling 210-731-5590 or visiting SouthTexasBlood.org. To join the marrow registry in their honor, text K2KLUV to 61474.