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Blood drive April 22 to aid 14-year-old with leukemia

Posted: April 14, 2009 1:18 a.m.
Updated: April 14, 2009 8:30 a.m.
 
A blood drive designed to benefit a local 14-year-old battling leukemia will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 at SC Physicians Immediate Care in Valencia.

Justine Caranto, 14, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia March 31 after a nose bleed prompted a visit to the doctor and a blood test, her father Raniel Caranto said.

Justine is at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles undergoing chemotherapy treatment, he said.

"They're doing a great job in treating her," he said.

She undergoes the last round of chemotherapy today and is making progress.

"So far, so good," Raniel Caranto said.

Caranto calls Justine a "positive thinker" who is in high spirits and thinks about getting back to playing soccer and being with her friends.

She is looking forward to graduating from Arroyo Seco Junior High School and starting at Saugus High School in the fall, he said.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles will provide a blood mobile that can accommodate five donors per half hour, Caranto said.

Still, those interested in donating blood should register on Justine's Web site, justinekickscancer.org, he said.

The Web site also allows Justine's friends and family to keep in touch with her and track her progress.

People are still encouraged to donate blood not just for Justine's possible use, but also because of a nation-wide blood shortage, he said.

SC Physicians Immediate Care is located at 23501 Cinema Drive in Valencia.

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