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Thalassemia Patient and Research Fund

Santos fundraiser
Roger and Cathy Santos with Laurice Levine.
The 2014 annual fundraiser, the Mark Santos Memorial Motorcycle Run, raised over $3,300 for the Thalassemia Program.

Laurice Levine, Roger and Kathy Santos
There are many different ways you can help in the ongoing fight against Thalassemia. The Northern California Comprehensive Thalassemia Center needs your support to help fund the Thalassemia Patient Fund which has been set up to help pay for patient expenses that become major difficulties over the long term such as transportation costs for families who live in rural areas, desferal supplies, pumps, medications not covered by insurance, parking vouchers and other costs. The fund also provides access to more expensive new therapies for low-income families, and finances patient participation in new research programs. Due to language and cultural barriers, part of the patient fund also pay for professional interpreters and translation of medical literature into languages such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian, Hmong, and Tagalog and other educational materials to target these high at risk population.

Financial contributions and fund-raising by organizations is greatly needed and appreciated. Please act now to support the Thalassemia Patient Fund. It is through your support that we are able to provide quality comprehensive care to our patients to improve their quality of life. Many thanks to our supporters!

To make a donation online, visit this page:


Select "Other" from the "I want my funds to support" box. Then, in the "other designation" box, type in "Thalassemia Program, Oakland".

To make a donation by mail, please send a check to:

Thalassemia Patient and Research Fund
Attention: Elliott Vichinsky, MD
Hematology/Oncology Dept.
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Department of Hematology/Oncology
747 Fifty Second Street
Oakland, CA 94609

Checks should be made payable to "UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Foundation" with "thalassemia" on the subject line.

Our Tax ID number is 94-3315514.

How your gift helps:

Give Blood

Blood Donation, June 2014
Christine and Gina Arias at the
Italian Catholic Federation
Blood and Toy Donation Drive
Columbus Day 2014
Toy Drive, June 2014
Every three seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion. Donating blood is the most precious gift of life that you can ever give to someone. For more information about giving blood or arranging blood drives in your community, contact Blood Center of the Pacific, American Red Cross, or a blood center near you.

Toy Donations

Due to hospital policy, limited storage space, fire hazard, and the prevention of infectious disease, the Thalassemia Outreach Program at Children’s Hospital Oakland has a set of donation guidelines. If you would like to make a donation, please adhere to the following guidelines:

Suggested donation items:

If you would like to make a donation please contact: Wendy Murphy at 510-428-3885 x 3268 or WeMurphy@mail.cho.org. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

Updated 8/17/2016

Northern California Comprehensive Thalassemia Center
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
747 52nd Street, Oakland CA 94609   •   Phone: (510) 428-3347   •   Fax: (510) 450-5647
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