Blood drive to benefit Calexico teacher

May 04, 2002

The Border Patrol in Calexico will be hosting an open-to-the-public blood drive Tuesday to benefit Calexico High track coach and De Anza Junior High School teacher David Tessada.

Donations in Tessada's name will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Border Patrol station at 1150 E. Birch St.

Tessada suffers from amyloidosis, a rare disease in which one or more organs accumulate deposits of abnormal protein. He has received chemotherapy treatments and stem cell replacement therapy.

Potential donors should be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, in good health and have not donated since March 12.


Imperial Valley Blood Services will hold two other open-to-the-public drives this week.

On Wednesday Holtville residents can give blood from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. during the community drive at the Civic Center, 121 W. 5th St.

Another drive will be staged from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Wells Fargo bank, 1200 Main St. in El Centro. All blood types are needed. Donations now will help ensure blood is available over the long Memorial Day weekend.

For more information, call 353-3554 or 355-3172.

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