Blood donation gives the gift of more time together

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Clara DaSilva  joined us to share her story and to tell us how blood donors helped to provide more time and memories with her daughter Katie before she passed away.


In 2001, at the age of seven, Katie, was diagnosed with liver cancer. During her illness, she received several transfusions of blood and blood products. Despite a successful liver transplant, her cancer returned and Katie passed away in 2002 at the age of eight. Because blood donors gave Katie and her family the precious gift of more time together, the DaSilva’s want to help ensure blood is available for patients when they need it. They want Katie’s legacy to help provide another birthday, another dance, another laugh, another hug, and another chance for patients and their families. In its 12th year, Katie’s memorial blood drive  has become an anticipated annual event in Wilbraham; to date close to 1,800 lifesaving units of blood have been collected in her memory.

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