Chas. woman couldn't have beaten childhood cancer without blood donations

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Imagine spending nearly three years of your life in the hospital as a child. That was the reality for a Lowcountry woman, diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma when she was in second grade.

Doctors told Leigha Martinelli she had only weeks to live and a 10 percent chance of survival if aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments were successful.

The treatments worked, and the cancer went into remission, but afterward Martinelli faced another hurdle. She needed three blood platelet transfusions a week for three years to fully overcome her disease.

See Leigha’s full story in the video above.

Her story and countless others are why giving blood is so important, and why ABC News 4 is teaming up with the red cross for a blood drive.

You can give blood Thursday, May 31, at the Citadel Mall between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. All donors will receive a coupon for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich, a free pass to Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and a $5 Amazon gift card.         

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