Girl, 5, to hold blood drive for her birthday

July 19, 2012 7:34:55 PM PDT
At five years old, Gina Gallardo really doesn't know just how much she's already been through. Two and a half years of chemotherapy to fight leukemia.

"She just knows that she wasn't feeling well, and the doctors helped make her feel better," said her mother, Katie Gallardo.

Gina was so weak when she first came to doctors that they had to do a blood transfusion immediately.

"I will make sure that she gives back for the rest of her life because the person who donated blood to her saved her life," said Katie.

Gina is now cancer free.

However, seeing her daughter go through all of this, Katie Gallardo started donating blood herself. A few years ago she hosted her first of two blood drives.

Gina watched the whole thing unfold, and a few weeks ago she asked her mom that instead of having a birthday party could she have a blood drive.

The blood drive will be at the Plain View reformed church on Long Island this Saturday. It is being held in honor of all local children who are battling cancer. It is also a bone marrow drive.

Gina has also been helping her mom with a lot of the preparation work. She has been helping pick up things for the raffle baskets, as well as dropping off flyers at local businesses.

Since Gina is such a good kid, her mom says she'll get that birthday party too.

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