Blood donations make a difference for patients like Alex.
Alex is an 8-year-old boy with a passion for baseball. He has always been athletic, so his parents were surprised when he began bruising and complaining of pain in early September 2019.
“We noticed he was really tired, and he had a lot of bruising on his legs,” said David Salazar, Alex’s father. “We thought it came from him playing football.”
A week after his symptoms began, Alex was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive blood cancer. He left Laredo to begin treatment in San Antonio.
On top of needing blood and platelets to support his chemotherapy, his parents were told Alex would need a marrow transplant as soon as possible. Thankfully he received a 50% matched transplant from his brother.