Two-time cancer survivor hosts community blood drive at Middle Village school

Photos by Robert Stridiron

After beating cancer twice, Carly Rose Nieves helped to give back to those who are still fighting during her foundation’s blood and bone marrow registry drive, held at Christ the King High School (CTK) in Middle Village.

The Carly Rose Foundation (TCRF) hosted the blood drive and bone marrow registry on Saturday, Jan. 30. Seventy-eight pints of blood were donated, and 12 people signed up with the bone marrow registry.

“It went well. I honestly think the blizzard the week before slowed us down because a lot people probably had to fulfill commitments from the weekend before,” said Lisa Horner, Nieves’ mother. “The 78 pints of blood we did collect will save 234 people.”

Nieves was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2003, at the age of 7, and again at the age of 12. TCRF was created as a way for Nieves to thank all those who helped her throughout her battles with cancer and to help those who still need important blood and platelet transfusions.

Nieves was on hand at CTK and was grateful for everyone who helped her cause by either donating blood or registering with the bone marrow registry.

TCRF is currently working with blood center at the high school to set up future dates for more blood drives.

For more information on TCRF, visit carlyrose.org.

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