Blood transfusions help donor in her fight against cancer

Aug 6, 2014 8:13 PM

Yesterday we brought you the story of Brennah Payne and how a blood transfusion helped save her life.
Now we bring you the story of 25-year old Sydney Figone -- who would have lost the battle with her illness without the help of blood donors.

Sydney Figone isn't your typical 25-year old -- she has a special story to tell.

"At the age of 21, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma."

It took a simple fall into a creek back in 2010 before Sydney realized her life wouldn't be the same.

"The next day my left eye was swollen and my vision had gone from 20/40 to 20/300 overnight...about 2 weeks after that I had a lymph node in my neck that had bulged to the size of an egg."

Sydney stopped going to school and quit her two jobs.
Doctors told her it would take six to eight months before she could go back to her normal self -- but it took three years of rigorous chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplants.

"My goals changed and shifted...suddenly it was just a battle to stay alive."

A blood donor since the age of 16, Sydney had no idea she'd be sitting in this chair to receive blood -- her liquid courage and strength.

"In that moment, the last thing I had to worry about was where was I going to get this platelet transfusion...they were there all because of these donors who come in diligently...just to help someone in need."

Sydney's Lymphoma went into remission about two years ago -- in a few months she'll be eligible to start donating blood again.
Sydney says a simple poke in the arm is all it takes to save a life.

"Down the road you may be donating, and then suddenly your life can change and turn on a dime and suddenly you're in that chair and you need that it really is lifesaving."

The Blood Source Summer Classic Blood Drive will be held this Friday in Redding and Chico from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and in Yuba City from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can go on the Blood Source website and we will also put a link on our website action news now-dot-com.


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