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40 Years = 40 Bags

My name is Giovanna Zambito Moses and I’m turning 40 on June 4, 2014.  Rather than having a typical party with family and friends, I’ve decided to host a blood drive. I want to try to gather 40 bags of blood for my 40th birthday, with the help of the Blood Center of Wisconsin and Community Bank CBD. I will need to sign up at least 54 donors. Why blood? It’s the gift that keeps on giving and I’d like to give a little something back to my amazing community, family and friends for supporting our family during my daughter’s diagnosis and treatment for leukemia.

I attended Marquette University along with my would-be husband Cevin Moses and my first job out of school was as a medical technologist with the Blood Center of Wisconsin. I worked in their satellite lab in Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin cross-matching blood products for kids in need of transfusions. Since that time, I went on to study optometry and returned to Delavan to work at Morrison Eye Clinic as an optometrist, but I never forgot where it all started. There is a lot of job satisfaction, knowing you’re helping children get the blood products they need to stay alive, be it after an accident, during surgery, because of premature birth or disease, such as cancer. It’s that last one that really hits home, now.

Our daughter, Katherine Mary Grace, was born in the fall of 2011. She was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and had been a healthy baby, until her cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2013. Katherine simply had some unusual bruising at diagnosis. I knew something wasn’t right, and I also knew that individuals with Down Syndrome are more likely to get blood cancers. We took Katherine to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for evaluation, and although hospitals can be scary for some, to me, it felt like home. Katherine was diagnosed in August 2013 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and was then kept in-patient for the initial month of chemotherapy. During her treatment for ALL thus far, Katherine has used two bags of platelets and two bags of packed red blood cells. She’ll likely need more blood throughout her two year treatment course.

My family and I can’t ever personally thank the donors who gave blood to Katherine while her need was critical, as blood donation is anonymous. The blood collected by the Blood Center of Wisconsin stays within the local community, however, and this birthday blood drive is one way we can give back to our community who has supported us so well throughout Katherine’s treatment. Giving blood is truly giving the gift of life and having my friends and family help me do that on a big scale would be better than anything that comes in wrapping paper and a bow. Please consider joining me and help me collect 40 bags of blood for my 40th birthday.

Please plan to donate blood at the Community Centre adjacent to Community Bank CBD, June 4, 2014, any time from 2 to 7 pm. New blood donors welcome. Experienced blood donors, please put this date on your calendars. People with Type O blood are the universal donors and their donations are often in highest demand. Thank you and hope to see you this summer.

Prayers for Moses Part 2

Katherine and her family are back to chemotherapy and along with it, all of its nasty side effects. Remember Katherine’s story? She is a part of our school and parish family. She is the baby we’ve been asking you to donate blood for, in honor of her struggle.

We know you probably have not stopped praying for this little girl, her parents, and her siblings, but this is just a reminder, prayers are welcome here!

Small Pinch, Big Rewards: Donate for Katherine

Katherine Mary Grace Moses

If you have been following Mama Moses’ (Giovanna) Blog, you may have read that Katherine has been responding well to treatment. But one of the things that has been crucial in this progress is the opportunity for blood transfusions.

If you have never given blood before, it is pretty painless. If you have, maybe you are like me and just haven’t done it for a few years because you’ve just been plain busy. Take the time this month to do something in honor of the Moses Family and thousand of others families dealing with their ill children. Check out blood drives near you and just get it done. I promise I will! Here is a list of some close to Delavan this month:

Blood Center of Wisconsin:

September 10, 2013
2:00 PM-7:00 PM
September 13, 2013
10:30 AM-3:30 PM
September 16, 2013
2:00 PM-6:00 PM
DARIEN, WI 53114
September 19, 2013
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
October 9, 2013
11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Red Cross Wisconsin:

Mercy Walworth Medical Ctr
Sep 17, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

N2950 State Rd 67 and Hwy 50
Lake Geneva, WI

Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment
Alternative High School
Sep 25, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

400 County Rd H
Elkhorn, WI

Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment
Sharon Community
Oct 02, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

228 Martin St
Sharon, WI

Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment
And of course, remember your prayers for this family!

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