Charity blood drive honors Hemet teen

Ellen Tichy, who is holding sunflowers sent to her by Chiara and Sandra Valle of Wings for Ewing Sarcoma, joins several LifeStream workers for a photo Thursday, Dec. 31, at a charity blood drive for the nonprofit that honored Tichy’s daughter on what would have been her 21st birthday. They are making the letter “C” for Cassiopeia “Cassi” Tichy. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
Hemet resident Cassi Tichy would have been 21 years old Thursday, Dec. 31, if she had not died of Ewing Sarcoma in 2018. She was diagnosed with the rare childhood bone cancer when she was 15, and she spent 32 months fighting it. Her mother, Ellen Tichy, works to keep her memory alive through advocacy for more research and awareness campaigns that will help others stricken with the disease. Tichy hosted a blood drive in San Jacinto with LifeStream Blood Bank Thursday, Dec. 31, on New Year’s Eve to help them replenish their low blood supply and to celebrate Cassi’s birthday. The company agreed to donate $10 for each blood donation to Wings for Ewing Sarcoma. Wings for Ewing Sarcoma, a nonprofit started by Chiara Valle a young ballerina from New York who was diagnosed with the disea
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