Turlock resident Dustin Babb — an 18-year-old graduate with honors from Pitman High School — was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Feb. 5, interrupting his goal to attend University of California, Merced and major as a Veterinarian.
Babb is currently receiving treatment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and will be for the next three years. Delta Blood Bank in Turlock is asking area residents to donate blood on behalf of Babb tomorrow, July 9, from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“It’s easy to donate,” said Erica Ingram, a friend of Babb’s family who coordinated the drive. “The staff at Delta Blood Bank are really personable. I myself have donated over a gallon and I have a license plate frame they gave me.They check your iron levels and vitals — and they give you cookies and crackers as well as juice, coffee or water afterwards.”
Participants in the blood drive not only provide a vital resource for those in need of blood but also help to offset the medical costs of Babb’s blood transfusions. For every participant who donates blood on Babb’s behalf, Delta Blood Bank will donate a $10 monetary credit to help the family pay for his transfusion-related medical expenses.
“Even if you are not able to donate that particular date — for example, if your iron is too low,” Ingram added, “Dustin will still get credit for the attempt of donation.”
The Turlock Center Delta Blood Bank is located at 655 E. Hawkeye Ave. Scheduled appointments are recommended in order to expedite a donation, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call or text Erica Ingram at 209-678-6905.
A valid photo ID with date of birth is required. Blood donors should be in good general health, at least 18 year so fage and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Donors may be 16 years old, but must have parental consent and weigh a minimum of 115 pounds. Do not skip meals and drink plenty of fluid prior.
For more information, call 888-94-BLOOD or visit www.deltabloodbank.org.