La Jolla resident and mother of three, Stacie Buechel, was recently diagnosed with bone cancer and needs blood transfusions as part of her treatment, but her situation is complicated because she has a rare blood type.
Buechel needs blood from donors who have A+ (A positive), O- (O negative) or O+ (O positive) blood that also lacks a protein called Kpb. Less than 1% of the population have this type of blood.
More information on Buechel’s story can be found at mealtrain.com/trains/d37506/updates/.
Anyone who would like to donate blood in Buechel’s name can visit any San Diego Blood Bank donation location or mobile drive and note the donation code ESSB when registering. San Diego Blood Bank is currently antibody testing each blood donation as part of their regular testing panel to qualify donations for COVID-19 convalescent plasma.
Visit sandiegobloodbank.org/COVID19 for more information. Please note: As this is not a diagnostic test, it will not detect active COVID-19 infections or recent exposure. To be eligible to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in general good health. Appointments are required and available by visiting sandiegobloodbank.org or by calling 619-400-8251. About