Valley cancer survivor reminding public of importance of donating blood

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Parker Fritz does not know Rocky Reyes, but he has a bond with a senior Buchanan official after doctors told him he had leukemia.

Parker is a cancer survivor – he received a similar diagnosis to Rocky as a child.

Now a 23-year-old Fresno State graduate, Parker says he pays for it by giving his support to the Reyes family during this difficult time.

“When someone is recently diagnosed with cancer, they will always have a lot of questions,” he said. “He will always be in this state of shock for a while, so I told the family, if you have any questions, contact me.”

Rocky, a Buchanan High Athletic athlete, learned that he was suffering from leukemia on his 18th birthday.

The diagnosis meant he would miss the opportunity to take the graduation stage on Tuesday night while preparing for chemotherapy.

“A teenager is by far one of the most demanding patients for guidance just because they are missing out on a lot of things that the general population should have,” Parker said.

A nationwide shortage of blood complicates Rocky’s journey.

Valley Children’s Hospital is in desperate need of blood donation for its cancer patients.

“Especially when someone in our community is so affected, there’s the Rocky Reyes routine we can save,” says Gordon Halstead of the Central California Blood Center. “All you have to do is spend an hour with us, you can donate some blood or platelets and go to the hospital to save a few lives.”

The next blood draw in honor of Rocky will take place this Friday.

The Nemesis Sports Academy, where Rocky has trained for the past four years, will host, and donors can also go to any Blood Center location in Central California

“For many unsuspecting viewers, a pint of blood can be divided into three different units: platelets, white blood cells and red blood cell products,” Parker said. “So by donating a pint, we can save up to three lives.”

The Central California Blood Center donated 90 units in just three hours during a blood donation to friends and family last week.

Parker will continue his training at Georgetown in the fall.

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