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Give for Texans – Orlando’s Story

Orlando Rojas and family

A family’s story: Giving to help others, as others gave to help us

Father’s Day takes on added significance this year for a Dallas family helped by local blood and platelet donors.

In 2022, Orlando Rojas was diagnosed with leukemia, a health development that understandably impacted the entire family: wife Stephanie Sanchez, daughter Penelope and son Daniel. Together, the family stood strong as Orlando underwent treatments and transfusions. Stephanie shared how the compassion and generosity of blood donors encouraged her to become an active Carter BloodCare donor:

“My husband, Orlando, was hospitalized for a long time. During his hospital stay, he needed many platelet and blood transfusions.

The donations Orlando received really saved his life, because his blood count was extremely low as the cancer attacked his blood.

I was a donor before, but now my goal is to become a regular donor and give as often as I can.

I encourage anyone who has a few moments to spare to donate. The chairs are usually super comfy, and you can catch up on your emails or watch a show while the time passes.

I donate in honor of my husband, Orlando, who is now in remission. We are so fortunate that he can live a healthier life, thanks to the blood and platelet donations that helped save his life.

I will forever be grateful that we have the opportunity to help someone else in need, the way we were immensely helped as well.”


Local patients can require platelets, blood and plasma 24/7. You’ll make a lifesaving difference for neighbors in need like Orlando and Stephanie by donating at a nearby Carter BloodCare donor center or mobile blood drive. You also can call 800-366-2834 to schedule an appointment to save lives.

Plus, your experience as a Carter BloodCare donor or recipient can save lives by motivating others to donate. Please share your experience and Tell Us Your Story.