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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

December 4, 2017
The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.   Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “...
November 20, 2017
The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time.   At this time of year many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules – but the need for...
 

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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.