Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mia's 17th Birthday!

When you donate are giving someone a chance 
at living life. To experience things you may take for granted. 
Mia and family are so thankful to many generous strangers who
take the time to keep her alive.
How could you say thank you enough for that?!

Have fun at Homecoming - thanks to blood donors!

Mia's 17th Birthday - at the Hospital - 195th blood transfusion!

Happy 17th Birthday Mia - she spent her actual birthday at the
hospital receiving her 195th blood transfusion.

In honor of her special day...
Mia and her birthday twin and special nurse - Miss Christine - 
collected gift cards for teens in the hospital.
They received over $1,000. to buy gift cards
so teens can get a special surprise after treatments.
We have a wonderful toy closet for children but
teens (including Mia) don't go in there because they don't 
pick out toys.

Hey Dad!

Hey Mom!

We said a big thank you to everyone who donated 
and put their names on a sticky note on Mia's 
hospital room door.
What a great birthday treat to be able to give back
to the hospital that helps save Mia's life every month.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Blood Transfusion #194

Not much to say ... Mia took a great Benadryl nap all morning.

Mia and her nurse Miss Christine share a birthday.
It was always meant to be that she was our nurse!
What a special bond to have someone care for you for over
17's amazing!

If you would like to donate to Mia’s teen project to go towards gift cards 
For teens ... you can click the link below.
Thank you so much! 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Cardinals 50/50 Raffle for Be The Match

Mia and family was asked to help with the 50/50 Raffle 
for Be The Match at one of the preseason Cardinals game.
We had SO much fun!

Mia and her sister helped with selling the raffle tickets.

They also got some sweet seats and were able to watch the
Cardinals warm up.

We helped to raise about $23,000. for patients like Mia who need 
a bone marrow transplant for a cure.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

#193 Blood Transfusion

Today we had 2 IV's for blood and one
for desferral which rids the body of the extra iron 
it gets during transfusions. We are always trying to help her
heart and liver not to be overloaded with iron.
It causes death.
So 2 IV's today it is!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Blood Transfusion #192

Attention all fellow human beings...
there is a shortage of blood on the shelves for patients
like Mia who REQUIRE it to live.
PLEASE help donate blood if you are able to.
She is literally holding her life in her hands every time
you take the time to simply donate.
If you are blood type: 0 - we need you!

We loved visiting with the future Dr. Chris Beann 
when he was doing rotations at Cardon Children’s!! 

Remember to donate blood! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


I love having my dad with me at the hospital!

Face timing Lucy in France makes any 
hospital day better! 

Feeling better after blood transfusion #191!

Friday, May 31, 2019


If you’ve taken the time to donate blood I could honestly never thank you enough. Mia wouldn’t be here without you and I’m blessed to watch Mia simply live her life and experience all the things that life has to offer. We’ve recently had a bump in the road with Mia’s health, specifically her iron counts. If you didn’t know, the blood transfusions that SAVE her life every 3 weeks (just had #190 today!) overloads her heart & liver with iron which is deadly. How ‘IRONic’ that the blood which helps her stay alive slowly builds up the iron on her organs, they call it a silent killer. Unfortunately since last year her iron counts have doubled. That’s bad. So if you are able to pray for Miss Mia that would be so appreciated! (Mia needs to stay on top of taking that medicine too.) We’ll see what her levels are at her next MRI probably this winter. Mia you are the bravest girl ever, I know I’ll never be as strong as you are. God gives His hardest battles to His strongest soldiers! #donateblood @miasmarrow

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Transfusion #189

Mia has been super sick with a pesky virus.
On top of low blood counts, see girl.
No matter what she is always smiling!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Good Friday - #188

 It’s Good Friday today, and we can’t help but think of how symbolic it is to be receiving a life saving blood transfusion today, on Good Friday. Jesus donated His blood for us on the cross 2,000 years ago...’by his wounds, you are healed.’ 1 Peter 2:24 *Extra thankful for the gift of life given to Mia by people who take the time to donate blood and to celebrate an Easter weekend filled with faith, family, and friends! “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 πŸ™πŸΌ

Friday, March 29, 2019


Two life saving blood transfusions in March = 4 units of donated blood (can’t be bought in a pharmacy) = living life during spring break = continuing to be able to go to school with friends = Gift of Life for another 3 weeks = Priceless! Which is why, *IF you are able to donate blood, you should! You truly save a life that would otherwise not be alive, like Mia’s, EVERY single time you take the time to donate blood. Thankful beyond words for blood donors ❣️

I wonder who donated their blood so I can live?

Mia and a very special nurse...Miss Christine!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Bone Marrow Biopsy

Mia had a bone marrow aspiration this morning. She did great and was smiling when she woke up from the anesthesia. What a trooper! - A Bone marrow biopsy and aspiration can show whether your bone marrow is healthy and making normal amounts of blood cells. (In DBA there’s no red cells being made.) Doctors use these procedures to diagnose and monitor blood and marrow diseases, including some cancers. - In Mia’s case with DBA, it’s recommended to get that procedure done every year in a half - two years. It was super fast she’s just a little sore where they poked her with a big needle on the back of her hip. A yummy brunch helped her to feel better!!

Friday, March 8, 2019


What a LONG Benadryl nap...ready for spring break!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Blood Drive @ Santan Jr. High

Hi everyone, it’s Mia here! Today I got the opportunity to visit a blood drive held in my name at my old junior high school. The reason this meant so much to me is that these faces I was able to see today were sharing life.
I love shopping and hanging out with friends, family, and my dogs. I feel thankful each time I receive a blood transfusion and get to renew the opportunity to do these things for one month more.
There are many others that are blessed by blood donations in the same way, and I sincerely say thank you to everyone who takes a morning, afternoon, lunch break, etc., out of their day to extend the lives of others like me!
#DonateBlood #GiveBlood #SaveaLife #blessedtobehere

Friday, February 15, 2019

Transfusion #185

Thankfully looking forward to another 3 weeks of life! { Because of generous blood donors } some small victories todayincluded - the IV poke was super easy and I didn’t need a warmer on my arm, I didn’t take a benedryl nap even though I had benedryl, and we watched high school musical on a DVD player for old times sake! Also ... I received 2 units of A- blood...which is pretty rare but awesome! Feeling thankful - Mia ❣️ #DonateBlood #GiveBlood #DonateLife #HospitalLife #GiftofLife #GodisGood #prayers #chronicillness  #invisibleillness #DonateMarrow #BeTheMatch #bannerhealth #Kindness #Transfusion #Anemia #NeedaCure #CureDBA #Hope #Happy #beablooddonor #AlwaysSmiling #Pray4Mia #sweetgirl #SherriHill #ChronicallyFabulous #Match4Mia #MiasMarrow #MesaAZ #AZ #nevergiveup

Friday, January 25, 2019


#184 done, just waiting the 30 minutes after
receiving blood where they watch you to make sure you don't
have a reaction. Finally feeling better thanks to 
blood donors and ready for the weekend!!

Fun fact: Mia received 1 unit of O+ blood 
and 1 unit of A+ blood this morning!

Remember to get out there and donate blood y'all!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Remembering Kwamie Lassiter

We have NO words for the sudden loss of @kwamie_lassiter42 @thekwamielassiterfoundation πŸ’” our hearts are broken for his family ... he was the best supporter of @bethematch as his son underwent a bone marrow transplant at PCH, and Kwamie was always helping others in the community and raising awareness for sickle cell anemia. He will be dearly missed. Praying for you Lassiter Family πŸ™πŸΌ #neverforgotten #weloveyou #kwamielassiterfoundation #GodBless

Friday, January 4, 2019

Luis Gonzalez #183

During Mia’s 183rd blood transfusion today...she had a visit from Luis Gonzalez, you might know him as Gonzo, from the @dbacks ⚾️ He is helping Mia raise awareness of how important it is to donate blood via @vitalantaz - especially this Sunday at the @tempearts from 7am - 1pm... AND ... @bethematch will be there as well ... so you can donate blood and sign up to see if you are a bone marrow ‘match’ to Mia! Whew...what a busy day. When you donate blood, you also get a voucher for a free pizza from: @streetsofnewyorkpizza πŸ• *Did you know, that Gonzo is the one of the nicest guys ever?? He even face timed Mia’s dad —> swipe to see!! We are so blessed and thankful to have amazing people help us spread the word about saving lives! Be sure to look fir the story this weekend on @arizonasfamily