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Donor Stories

 

Daniela Ciriello is a happy, active 4-year-old from Southington, Connecticut. She is also a brave little girl battling a rare condition that is manageable, thanks in part to blood donors who give the gift of life.   Daniela was just 14 months old when she was diagnosed with a rare, genetic blood disorder called “beta thalassemia,” or “Cooley’s anemia.” That means her body cannot make enough healthy red blood cells on its own. The only treatment is regular blood transfusions. During her initial hospital stay, Daniela needed seven blood transfusions to help save her life.   “We have become staunch supporters of the Red Cross and blood drive coordinators,” said Daniel Ciriello, Daniela’s father. The Ciriello family has held several Red Cross blood drives in Daniela’s honor, often enrolling dozens of new and first-time donors during the events.   Today, Daniela receives blood transfusions every three weeks. Generous blood donors help ensure Daniela, who loves to dance and is now a big sister, stays healthy. She starts kindergarten in the Fall.

 

—Blood Recipient Daniela Ciriello
 

REDS-III Research Program

Connecticut Region is pleased to announce its selection for participation in the REDS-III research program. Click here to learn more.

 

Babesia Investigational Study

The Connecticut Blood Services Region is participating in a Babesia Investigational Study at select blood drives. Click here to learn more.

 

News

August 7, 2017
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.   In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital...
July 25, 2017
Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.  
 

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Diversity Program

Many racial and ethnic groups have rare blood types that are much more common than in other populations. As a result, a rare blood type patient with a disease such as sickle cell anemia is more likely to find a match among donors of the same ethnic or racial background.  Please click here to learn more.