Marilyn Gonsalves

Posted on Oct 25, 2016

Age:  Adult          Diagnosis:  Gastric Bypass:  needed 19 pints of blood In 2006, Marilyn went in for gastric bypass surgery.  During her surgery doctors found something that was additionally threatening her health: bleeding ulcers.  Over the course of the next several weeks, Marilyn used 19 pints of blood.  Eventually doctors had to put her though another procedure where they cauterized the ulcers and stopped the…

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Joe Billalba

Posted on Oct 25, 2016

Age:  70’s   Diagnosis:  Cancer In February of 1967 Joe was in Vietnam for an 11 month deployment.  That year he learned the importance of blood donation and started donating to help his fellow soldiers.  He returned to the states and continued his work in the military, working at the National Guard, where he stayed for 35 years until he retired.  He was still donating regularly.  In 1992, Joe’s daughters were involved in a head on…

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Ainsley Tos

Posted on Oct 06, 2015

Age:  6 yr old       Diagnosis:  Acute Liver Failure Ainsley’s story begins in 2008 when she underwent major brain surgery to remove a cyst impairing her development.  The neurological challenges threatening her development continued and her family remained committed to finding the best possible care for her.  And, she overcame many challenges.  March 1st Ainsley’s mom, Angie, brought her to the emergency room at…

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Gino Garcia

Posted on Oct 06, 2015

Age:  5 yr old       Diagnosis:    Leukemia    Gino was diagnosed with Leukemia at 18 months old on January 5, 2010.  It all came became apparent within a one week period.  He sleept through a whole day, not really eating, and was very pale.  After a visit to the ER, follow up doctor visits and multiple blood transfusions to get him healthy enough for some of the tests, doctors knew the news would not be good.  They…

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Ellie Hicks

Posted on Oct 06, 2015

Age:  9 ½ yr old   Diagnosis:  Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)   Summary:  Ellie is 9 years old and was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia in September 2012.  Ellie is strong willed, outgoing and giving.  She is in the third grade and wants to be in the medical field when she grows up.  Like most young girls she is a big fan of the Little Mermaid and Barefoot Contessa.  Just a few of her favorite places to go are Disneyland, John’s…

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Marcos Corona

Posted on Sep 14, 2015

Age:  26 yr old     Diagnosis:  Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Marcos Corona is a young husband and father battling leukemia.  He joined the California Army National Guard in April 2009 and he and his wife had a child, Marcos Jr., in May 2011everything was good.  A few months after his son’s birth, Marcos was diagnosed with leukemia.  In February 2012, Marcos’ leukemia went into remission and he returned to full military duty. But last…

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Darla Silvera

Posted on Aug 12, 2015

Age:  Adult          Diagnosis:  Needed blood during surgery Darla has been a long time blood donor and employee of the Central California Blood Center.  Blood donation is a passion of hers and she works daily to spread the word on the importance of blood donation for others.  She is also an O-Negative donor, which is the rarest blood type, universal, and can be transfused to any patient. A little over a year ago Darla had to…

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George Pickett

Posted on Feb 02, 2015

Age:  42 yr old     Diagnosis:  Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia George was living in the Bay area working as a retail store manager living a normal life and in good general health when he was diagnosed in January of 2013 with Leukemia.  He went to the doctor after feeling fatigued and tired for many days.  Doctors told him he was anemic and ran a number of tests, blood work and eventually tested his bone marrow.  That is when they found the…

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Emily Simmons

Posted on Dec 31, 2014

Age:  30 yr old     Diagnosis:  Anemic Emily has been anemic for nearly 12 years.  She has a gastric bypass patient and has had to return twice a year for routine lab work.  Within a day of her last lab tests her doctor called to inform her that her hemoglobin numbers were dangerously low.  Her doctor asked her if she was feeling faint, tired, and/or dizzy.  From dealing with anemia, Emily knew right away where he was going with the questions…

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