When Belinda learned she had leukemia, she felt blindsided. She was only 35 years old and just earned a master’s degree and had started a new job. She had children who needed her. And Belinda’s family had just lost her sister to cancer. She couldn’t have it, too.
Her doctor, family and failing health convinced her to start treatment, and she underwent chemotherapy for six months. She received blood along with matched platelets — those from a specific donor — to help her endure the aggressive treatment.
"That person saved my life," says Belinda.
Thanks to the matched platelets, and the life-saving generosity of a special blood donor, Belinda has been in remission since 2009.
"I would do anything to help people understand that I’m here because someone was there to help me."