A message of appreciation from Dev's Family
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) partnered with the family and friends of seven-year-old Dev to host a two-day blood drive. The drive was held at STBTC Donor Rooms and the USAA blood drives. What started as a two-day drive expanded to a five- day blood drive with people wanting to donate in honor of Dev. Dev is battling childhood acute leukemia and needs blood often. Over the five-day blood drive more than 1,300 units of blood were collected. Dev’s family is extremely grateful and would like to thank everyone who came out and those who continue to donate in honor of Dev and others who need blood. Below is a message of appreciation to the community on behalf of Dev’s family and friends.
Our families are deeply touched by the overwhelming response from donors in and around San Antonio during the blood drive last week. South Texas Blood and Tissue Center hosted an incredible event in Dev’s honor. The goal of the Devis (Dev’s fiercest support team) was to help us replenish the supply of blood products that were extensively used during Dev’s current ICU stay. With the unbelievable support of KSAT 12, KENS 5 and NEWS 4 San Antonio/ FOX, along with social media, flyers and posters, Team Dev was able to spread the word near and far. We had Texan donors in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Houston, and Dallas along with surprising donations in many other states across the country. The drive was extended to accommodate the enormous number of people willing to give. And the ultimate amount of units donated far surpassed all our expectations!!
Family, friends, classmates, parents, teachers, law enforcement, priests, PICU nurses, doctors, employees at various organizations, high school and college students, and beautiful strangers all made this possible. We sincerely thank each of you for your generosity and compassion for Dev and many others like him. You have all given another human being a gift of a healthy future and a chance to fulfill their own dreams. In complete gratitude for your selfless acts of love and giving. But most importantly, you have created an enormous wave of kindness that has spread and inspired so many more to donate. And of course, you have given Dev a chance to make a positive impact in our community during his journey of healing.
Regards, The Bhalodia and Reddy Families
HELP PATIENTS LIKE Dev
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center invites you to offer your support for patients like 7-year-old Dev Reddy. Your blood donations are administered during chemotherapy to help patients like Dev replenish crucial blood cells lost during treatment.
For more information contact:
Eric Crawford (210) 731-5590
ABOUT THE SOUTH TEXAS BLOOD & TISSUE CENTER
Giving blood means bridging the space between two lives. One is healthy, vibrant and generous. The other is experiencing illness, trauma and uncertainty. Making a blood donation is one of the most intimate and priceless gifts one can give and The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is honored to be the bridge between those two lives.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE GIVING BLOOD?
- EAT - Consume an iron-rich meal before you donate. For meal tips, click here.
- HYDRATE - Drinking 8-10 glasses of fluid 1-2 days before you give will help make veins more visible, help you feel more energized after donation and more.
- Rest - Get a good night's sleep before you donate.
- Avoid aspirin - If you're planning on donating platelets, avoid aspirin products or blood-thinning medications for 2 days prior to donation.
- Provide consent - If you're 16-years-old, we will need consent forms signed by your parents.
- Are you eligible? - If you have questions about your eligibility, or to ask about a specific medication, please call our eligibility specialists at (800) 292-5534, ext. 2243, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also email us here.
Anyone who is 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds and in good general health can donate blood. Donors must present photo ID, last four digits of their Social Security number and their birth date.