ORLANDO, Fla. - Tomorrow WFTV will kick off our annual blood drive called Decades of Donating in honor of the 30 years of blood drives at our studios.
Over the 30 years, thousands of people have been helped by donations, including 14-year-old cancer
"Blood is not just for trauma
She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. She received multiple blood and platelet transfusions in her 100 days in Arnold Palmer Hospital.
"People don't know that blood can make a cancer patient feel not
The transfusions also allowed doctors to continue chemotherapy by bringing her blood levels up to a safe level. She saw
"Within that hour or
Now Karli and her father, a manager in the hospitality industry, are on a crusade to spread the word about the need for blood for all sorts of patients -- injured, sick or otherwise.
"I feel like I'm really giving back to the community more now than I ever felt in my entire hospitality career," said Jay Leonard.
"Now I feel healthy and happy and normal," said Karli.
You can donate tomorrow starting at 7 a.m. at the WFTV and WRDQ studies on South Street in Downtown Orlando. For more information, click here.
Just one pint of blood can save three lives.