Most people don’t spend their wedding anniversary hosting a blood drive, but that’s exactly what Katherine “Kat” Pinedo is doing on Friday, August 21. Residents of Carpinteria and surrounding communities are invited to join Kat and her family in helping save lives by giving blood at a blood drive in her honor:
Friday, August 21, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Carpinteria Community Church
1111 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria, CA
At the age of 2, Kat was diagnosed with Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that causes the immune system to attack organs. The disease was in remission until her late 20’s when it destroyed her kidneys. Thanks to generous donors, Kat received a kidney transplant along with many pints of livesaving blood, but Kat’s body later rejected her donor kidney. Today, this 31-year-old mother is now on a waiting list for a new kidney and must endure dialysis until a suitable donor is found.
Through all this, Kat is also working to raise awareness for blood donation, not only for transplant patients, but for those fighting cancer, premature babies, trauma victims, and others in need.
The blood drive coincides with her wedding anniversary. It’s a chance for her to set an example for her 6-year-old daughter by advocating for others in need and creating what she hopes will become an annual community event.
“I’ve decided to use this situation to be a voice for those who can’t speak up about the need for blood and platelet donors,” said Pinedo. “This isn’t about just me. I’m not dwelling on the negatives. I know how important this is. I hope everyone who can donate takes the time to help others who need it.”
Kat’s blood drive comes at a time when the Red Cross often faces a seasonal shortage. Blood and platelet donations historically decline during the summer months for a variety of reasons, including busy summer schedules and vacations, but the need remains constant.
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