FRESNO, Calif. - The Pint for Pie blood drive is this Friday at the Central California Blood Center. The idea for this event was inspired by CBS47 & KSEE24 director Priscilla Martinez. Martinez is fighting a blood-related auto-immune issue, and she requires blood transfusions to stay alive.
Martinez explained how she found out about her health condition in April.
"Everything in my body ached. I knew something was wrong. I called work. I was supposed to go into work, work overtime on that Saturday, and I called my boss Dean, and I said, 'I gotta go to the hospital, something's wrong'," said Martinez.
Martinez said she was rushed to the emergency room, and doctors told her that her hemoglobin and blood platelet counts were dangerously low.
She said, "If I had done something to cut myself, I literally would have bled to death."
Martinez now relies on blood transfusions to stay alive. She depends on the donations that are given at CCBC.
"Well you know, you want to thank these people for keeping others alive, and you want people to donate to keep other people alive," cried Martinez.
Every year, CBS47 & KSEE24 organize a day of service, known as the Founder's Day of Caring. This year, we'll team up with CCBC and Me-N-Ed's Pizza for a blood drive in Martinez's honor.
Station general manager Matt Rosenfeld said, "Not only can we help the community, but we can help one of our own."
"I'm honored that they're doing it in my name, but this is really for the entire valley. And I want everyone to know that I thank them all so much. Please donate," ended Martinez.
The first 350 who donate at either CCBC locations, whether in Fresno or Visalia, will receive a voucher for a personal sized pizza. The blood drive starts at 8am and ends at 6pm.