A Reminder: What's Money ... and What's Critical

As we watch the market crisis continue to unfold, it's good to be reminded about what's really, really important in life. A colleague shared with me the following father's letter about Talia Castellano, a child in need of help in the Orlando area. It's not typical CNBC fodder. But it's a good reminder about who really needs a "bailout" these days.


Talia had her surgery and they successfully removed her new small tumor at Sloan Kettering. She then returned to FL for another round of Chemo. She has taken this round hard and there is another problem. They have a Platelet shortage in central Florida. Platelets are the part of our blood that is responsible for clotting. Talia’s are low from Chemo.

If you are in Florida and can donate Platelets, please do. You can go to the Central Florida Blood Bank on Michigan Street or Sand Lake Rd and John Young Pkwy. In other parts of FL check the web site below.

You do not need to be a blood type match but you need to be healthy, no colds, viruses, etc, no aspirin products for 2 days prior to donating.

Talia has an account set up and please specify that you are donating to her. The Platelets will literally go directly to her and they are delaying certain treatments because of this shortage.

The two locations in Orlando are:

  • 325 West Michigan Street, Suite 106
  • Hours for Platelet donation
  • Sunday 8 am to 2 pm
  • M 9 to 3
  • Tues 11 to 5
  • Wed 630 AM 6 pm
  • Thurs Friday 630 to 3 pm
  • Closed Saturdays
  • Phone number 407 835 5500

There is a second location at Sand Lake Road and John Young Parkway. The actual address is:

  • 8669 Commodity Circle
  • Phone number 407 248 5000
  • Hours: Mon 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Tue, Wed, Thu 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Sat 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Please note that you should call first since Platelets take a little longer to give than blood.

Their web site is http://www.floridasbloodcenters.org/locations.htm. Not all locations do Platelets. The hours on line show later closings because you need to start Platelets 2 hours before closings.

Thank you. Platelets can literally save her life. As I write this email she is in Arnold Palmer hospital waiting on Platelets.

Thank you,