Plea to help sick girl gets overwhelming response

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Emma P (San Diego Blood Bank)

Emma P (San Diego Blood Bank)

SAN DIEGO – An influx of people from North County reaching out to help a 15-month-old girl has been overwhelming to the local blood bank.

While Emma P. of Bonsall battles leukemia, an online campaign to find donors has overwhelmed the San Diego Blood Bank in Vista.

Emma is battling acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer that starts inside bone marrow and develops quickly, at Rady Children’s Hospital and her platelet count is extremely low, according to Claudine Van Gonka, spokeswoman for SDBB.

A social media campaign started by Emma’s friends and family asked anyone with blood type O negative or anyone who can donate platelets to donate as soon as possible and mention the special donor code EP12.

By using the special donation code, donors are able to donate blood products in the name of the patient.

“The response to the posts were so overwhelming, that upwards of 50 donors showed up at SDBB’s donor center in Vista over the weekend to donate in Emma’s name,” Van Gonka said. “Dozens of calls are being made daily to the San Diego Blood Bank switchboard and the Facebook post reached over 17,000 people.”

To donate in Emma’s name call 619-400-8251.  To donate for other children and adults that need blood to survive, or for general information SDBB go online.

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