Elementary school's blood drive honors student with leukemia

HOUSTON – Kimora Dendins has been a true warrior since being diagnosed with leukemia in December. She's battled the blood cancer into remission, but faces continued treatment through 2018.

Her treatment includes frequent stays in the hospital for her chemotherapy and blood transfusions.

Her school, Rosa Parks Elementary, has joined the fight by sponsoring a blood drive. The donors include Linda Espericueta, the school's principal.

"It means a lot to be able to help one of my students," Espericueta said.

"I've known Kimora for just since the beginning of the school year and she's a sweet little girl."

With the principal leading the charge, a mother of three of Kimora's schoolmates was quick to enlist.

"I actually took off of work to make sure I could be here," blood donor Ranisha Richard said. "I just try to think about if it was my child, what I would want, you know, expect other parents to do."

Kimora and her family came out to say thank you to the school and the donors for their support.

Kimora was a little weak from her last round of chemotherapy, just days ago, so she was a little shy. But her mom, Kendra Denkins, was grateful for the effort that reaches beyond Kimora.

"It's not only benefiting Kimora, its benefiting patients at Texas Children’s Hospital who really benefit from having these transfusions," Kendra said.

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