St. Francis High School Hosts Successful Children's Hospital Blood Drive

Published : Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 11:46 PM

On Thursday, January 19th, 2012 students from St. Francis High School responded to the call to help save the lives of those in need at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles by donating blood.  65 people, including teachers and community members, eagerly volunteered and were eligible to donate resulting in the collection of 65 pints of blood. On average, one pint of blood can help save the lives of up to three children. Over the years St. Francis has developed an excellent relationship with Children’s Hospital and the school was honored to host a blood drive on behalf of the organization.

In addition, the student body joyfully welcomed four year-old Doryan Torres back to campus to promote the blood drive and allow him to meet with the students and visit with his co-captains from the St. Francis football team. Earlier this year, Coach Jim Bonds and the St. Francis High School football team, in partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, was honored to have Doryan serve as the honorary team captain for the school’s second round CIF playoff game against Arroyo Grande on Friday, November 25th.  The administrators, faculty members, students, and athletes at St. Francis recognize and admire Doryan’s tenacity and determination in his fight against cancer and, as a community, we want him, his family, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to know that we support them and their fight against this disease. Once again, the blood drive provided the St. Francis community the opportunity to share our Franciscan spirit of love and brotherhood with Doryan and his family. Attached is a picture of Doryan with St. Francis senior Travis Talianko (football team captain and First Team All-CIF selection).

Doryan Torres Carrillo was diagnosed in 2008 with a rare childhood brain cancer called ATRT (tumor type). The staff members at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Kaiser continue to work together to find answers. Despite the uncertainty and constant struggle, Doryan continues to fight for his life. His fight against cancer has brought his family and the community together to form Team Doryan to help combat the disease.

He was 14 months old when he was diagnosed. That’s a lot for such a little guy to have to deal with and he has done it with the greatest of ease. This year, July 2011, we got the some bad news, two new spots have shown up in Doryans spine. For the past few months the staff at CHLA and Kaiser have tried to figure out what is going on. At the current time we don’t have a direct answer for anyone. The staff at CHLA deserves much thanks for bringing our little guy this far, and Doryans new extended family at Kaiser, not to mention all the prayers and continued support from everyone. His fight against cancer has brought us all together forming Team Doryan.

Team Doryan Facebook Site:!/teamdoryan?sk=wall

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