Manila, Philippines - Close to 1,000 air men and officers donated blood on Monday here in celebration of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) 65th founding annivesary.
PAF Sgt. Ramil Cabalida said he is happy. His last blood donation was in 1996. "It's fulfilling even if I'm already 37 years old," he said.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Pasay City Chapter and The Max Foundation (TMF) are the partners of PAF in this humanitarian event held at the PAF gymnasium.
PAF spokesman Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol said beneficiaries are cancer patients of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center (AFPMC) and TMF, an organization of leukemia patients.
PAF assistant chief for Civil Military Operation (CMO) Col. Emigdio Guevarra said the bloodlet event will be done in the eight major airbases in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
"Our priority is to save lives by donating blood. The AFP is a member of PRC. So we have to help them," Guevarra said
Guevarra also said other activities are children's day celebration in the other airbases. "It's because the children are the hope of the nation," he said.
TMF spokeperson Nelia Medina thanks PAF and donors for the support. She said is their organization is US-based non-profit (501c-3) cancer organization with international focus.
Medina said TMF honors the spirit and life of Maximiliano (Max) Rivarola who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) at age 14 and lived with outstanding courage until 17 years of age.
Established in 1997, The Max Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people with blood cancer and rare cancers.
The International Patient Helpline is our flagship program which has been in place from the start. Originally dedicated to improving the lives of children in Latin America diagnosed with leukemia, the organization’s roots are in patient advocacy achieved through a network of advocates around the world, known as MaxStations. The Max Foundation’s mission now includes supporting patients living with blood and rare cancers from all over the world.
Through our helpline, each year we provide advocacy and support services to over 16,000 families from more than 100 countries.
PRC-Pasay City chapter representative Cherry Rose Castillo said they are helping out in the event to by getting blood donors especially in the summer months.