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Posted: December 04, 2018

Florida toddler with cancer needs rare blood; worldwide search for donors begins

Worldwide Search Underway for Rare Blood Type to Save Toddler With Cancer

By Jason Kelly,


A 2-year-old South Florida girl who has cancer needs a very rare type of blood, OneBlood said Monday.

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The blood bank said it has organized a worldwide search for donors who could be a possible match for Zainab.

>> See a photo of Zainab here

>> Girl asks Santa for kidney for big brother; search for girl, donor begins

Potential donors must be exclusively of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent, meaning the donor’s birth parents are both 100 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian, and they must have Type O or Type A blood.

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Officials said all donations must be coordinated with the blood bank in advance to ensure that additional compatibility testing is performed.

Click here for more information.

>> Watch a video about the search here

The Search for Rare Blood Donors for Zainab

Please share and help us find rare blood donors for Zainab. OneBlood is leading a worldwide search to find extremely rare blood donors to help Zainab, a two-year-old Florida girl, who is battling cancer. Watch the video to learn more. Visit

Posted by OneBlood on Monday, December 3, 2018


Florida toddler with cancer needs rare blood; worldwide search for donors begins

Florida toddler with cancer needs rare blood; worldwide search for donors begins

Zainab is battling neuroblastoma and has a rare blood condition. The search is on for someone who is missing the Indian B antigen.

Girl asks Santa for kidney for big brother, search for girl, donor begins

Workers at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in North Carolina are looking for a little girl who has a wish for Santa -- to bring a kidney for her big brother.

Store associate manager Shelly Thomas says she thinks the letter was written by a little girl named Kaitlyn who was visiting the Franklin, North Carolina, area from Florida, WLOS reported.

The letter, which was dropped in the store’s mailbox to Santa, says, “Some may not believe in you. But I do. One thing I really want for Christmas is my big brother to get a kidney transplant. PLEASE.”

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Thomas is trying to find the girl. She also told WLOS she hopes people will get tested to be a donor. 

Cards for Christmas: Family asks for letters for child with brain cancer

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Cards for Christmas: Family asks for letters for child with brain cancer

For more than a year, Jomari Bradley has been fighting for his life after being diagnosed with brain cancer. 

His mother says he has a condition called anaplastic ependymoma,” WLWT reported.

“He’s been through many surgeries, chemotherapy and a second cycle of radiation hospitalizations,” Doneshia Lee, Jomari’s mother, told WLWT

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This week marks his last radiation treatment after 28 days of therapy. The family will not know if it was successful for a few weeks.

So, while they wait, Jomari’s friends and family said that Christmas cards could give him the encouragement he needs, WLWT reported.

If you want to send a card to Jomari, the address is 1400 Chicago Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45215, WLWT reported.



Dog sniffs out owner’s cancer, not once, but three times

A Siberian husky may want to go into medicine. 

Sierra, who is owned by Stephanie Herfel, has found Herfel’s cancer not once, not twice but three times, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Sierra was a gift from Herfel’s son, who was leaving for duty overseas with the Air Force. He gave his mother the dog in 2011.

But she offered more than just companionship while Herfel’s son was gone. 

Sierra saved Herfel’s life multiple times. 

The first was in 2013, a year after Herfel moved from California to Wisconsin.

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“She put her nose on my lower belly and sniffed so intently that I thought I spilled something on my clothes. She did it a second time and then a third time. After the third time, Sierra went and hid. I mean hid!” Herfel told the Journal Sentinel.

Herfel had been feeling pain in the area, but an emergency room doctor said it was an ovarian cyst and gave her pain medication. 

But the dog knew better than the ER doctor. The dog acted oddly, got herself in a tight ball and hid deep in a closet.

A few weeks later, after taking the signals from Sierra, Herfel saw her doctor and got the diagnosis of stage 3C ovarian cancer, the Journal Sentinel reported.

She underwent a full hysterectomy and spleen removal. She was also on chemotherapy until April 2014.

But that wasn’t the only time Sierra signaled her owner that something was wrong. 

In 2015 and again 2016, Sierra hid again and both times Herfel took her dog’s behavior as a signal to contact doctors, according to the Journal Sentinel

In 2015, she was diagnosed with liver cancer and in 2016, it was cancer in her pelvic area.

Herfel’s oncologist, David Kusher, told the Journal Sentinel it isn’t odd for some dog breeds to be able to sniff out cancer. Some can find it 98 percent of the time and it can be a variety of cancers.




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