San Diego family asking public to donate blood to help 6-year-old diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia

SAN DIEGO —A six-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with cancer fights for his life as his family urges the public to donate blood.

Local blood banks say they are short on blood and platelet donations, which is all the Bergdahls need to keep their son, Quincy, alive. Berghdal is currently in Rady Children’s Hospital and requires further treatment.

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His parents told FOX 5 that there were a few times when they needed transfusions — and none were available.

In February, Bergdahl was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The cancer is not rare, but it is rare to find it in anyone under the age of 40.

His mother and father said they have lived at Rady Children’s Hospital for the past four months since the diagnosis.

With schools in the summer holidays and many blood banks in schools, the Bergdahl’s say blood and platelets are hard to come by right now. That’s why they ask people to donate. The family even tells us that even some nurses donate their blood to help.

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Quincy’s mother, Teresa Berghdal, says she walked past donation centers and never stopped by because she didn’t know how important it was.

“I was totally unaware of this urgency for blood products, nor was I that blood and platelets,” she said. “They expire after a few days and hospitals are always trying to restock their shelves. If you haven’t donated yet, ask yourself why? My reason is because I didn’t know all this. What is your reason?”

Quincy is currently in remission and will hopefully be out of the hospital in the coming months, but he still has a number of transfusions that he will need in the coming months.

For those who want to help, there is a blood collection on July 27.

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