Patients like Nattalie need you
Share the blood for fighters
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) invites you to offer your support for patients like Nattalie. Your blood donations are administered during chemotherapy to help replenish crucial blood cells lost during treatment. We encourage all eligible donors to help save the lives of patients by stopping by or scheduling your donation at any of our conveniently located donor rooms.
Nattalie is a 12-year-old girl that has battled for almost half her life to survive childhood.
She was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 9, when she underwent several rounds of chemotherapy. After months of treatment, she went into remission in August 2017.
But what was supposed to be a celebration of life was short-lived. Soon after given a clean bill of health, Nattalie began to have fevers and was admitted to the hospital. For the next few months, doctors worked to find why Nattalie was feverish. In early 2018, doctors told Nattalie and her family she didn’t have leukemia but myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a condition where her body doesn’t make enough healthy blood cells.
Nattalie once again began treatment to battle MDS, which included rounds of chemotherapy and blood and platelet transfusions, in order to keep her strong to receive treatment.
“I just want to be healthy again, since I have not been in such a long time,” Nattalie said.
Nattalie’s prayers were answered when she received a marrow transplant in July. Nattalie continues to fight for life every day and looks forward to going back to school.
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. Click here to download the forms.
- 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.