Monona community blood drive held in honor of Olivia Diaz

December 19, 2012

MONONA, Wis. - On Jan. 5, Monona-area residents can roll up their sleeves and donate blood at Village Lanes in honor of 2-year-old Olivia Diaz and other cancer patients in need of lifesaving blood.

Last February, Olivia was diagnosed with a malignant rhabdoid tumor, an extremely rare, aggressive tumor mainly found in young children. Throughout frequent visits to American Family Children’s Hospital, she has received many blood transfusions as part of her chemotherapy treatment.  On Nov. 21, Olivia underwent a stem cell transplant and spent one month in the hospital receiving medical care. Her parents are grateful for those who gave blood to help keep their daughter alive.

“We call our daughter ‘Olivia the Brave’ because we can’t help but admire her strength at such a young age. We also recognize that blood donors play an extremely important role in her survival as she’s received more than 119 blood transfusions in the last 10 months,” said Anthony Diaz, Olivia’s father. “We encourage our friends, family and community to roll up their sleeves and give blood on behalf of anyone who’s been affected by cancer.”

Saturday, Jan. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Village Lanes, 205 Owen Rd., Monona, Wis.  

Friends and family are also hosting a benefit for the Diaz family throughout the day at Village Lanes in which the public is invited to take part in several activities such as bowling, a Euchre tournament, silent auction, raffles and more. For more information about the benefit, contact Julie Busche at 608-347-8206.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross

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