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Community Rallies Around 17-Year-Old Diagnosed with Leukemia

Miranda Petrella was diagnosed with leukemia on May 1. A blood and marrow drive in her honor will be held on July 3 at Cranston Police headquarters.

For the family of Miranda Petrella, May 1 was the worst day of their lives.

The 17-year-old Cranston High School West senior was diagnosed with leukemia.

Now, the community is rallying to support the young woman with her battle against the disease.

Petrella, the daughter of a member of the , is not just in the thoughts and prayers of her classmates, teachers, friends and the family of the police force. They're doing something to help.

On July 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a blood and marrow drive dedicated to Petrella at the Cranston Police Department Headquarters on Garfield Avenue.

"Donating blood in Miranda's honor will not only help save lives, but will provide Miranda and her family with the kind of moral support that will only strengthen their resolve," a flyer promoting the blood and marrow drive states. "She and her family are determined to make sure that Miranda can fulfill her dream of going on to culinary school and becoming a chef."

Along with the blood and marrow drive in the community room in the police department headquarters from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Rhode Island Blood Center will have a bloodmobile at the station from 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.ribc.org, bethematch.org or call 800-283-8385.

Sharon tilton May 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM
We love you Miranda! David, Sharon, Abbey, Emily, Ben and Buddy!
Sandi May 31, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Our prayers are with you Miranda! Stay strong and keep thinking posiitive. You will get through this. We Love you lots! Auntie Sandi and Uncle Jim (from Florida) Hugs and Kisses...
David Libby June 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
We will be out of state during the July 3rd blood drive. We donated blood this morning in Providence and used the donor code "3179" and madethe donation in Miranda's name. Our thoughts and prayers are with Miranda and her family. David and Stef Libby. FEOLA/FOP Lodge#46. Hopefully the law enforcement community and good people of Rhode Island will donate also.
Elana Carello June 26, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I'm a universal donor. I will definitely be there.

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