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Local girl battling Leukemia asks community for blood donations

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The number of children being diagnosed with pediatric cancer has been increasing over the past few years.

Carla, a local 11 year old girl, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia.

"It was scary. I didn't know what was going to happen or what I was going to do for it," she told us. "There are good days and bad days, but I usually get through it."

Unfortunately, Carla is one of many children that have recently been diagnosed with cancer. "There has been a slight increase in the number of diagnoses," said Doctor Osvaldo Regueria with the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Amarillo. "The last couple of weeks we've had a few come in right after another," he added.

He told us, over the past few years, pediatric cancer rates have been increasing with Leukemia topping the list time and time again.

Although it's not known why this is happening Carla says one thing is clear. "There hasn't been a lot of blood and we really need it right now."

Carla and her family have been advocating for blood donations, which they say is the best thing you can do to help.

"Kids with cancer need 4 to 8 units a week and if you think 10 more kids are going through that on top of the kids that we already have, it really scares me to death that one day she will need blood and there won't be any available," Carla's mom Lucy told us.

But, despite her battle, Carla stays positive by raising money for the Coffee Memorial Blood Center and sending a message of hope to others in her situation.

"You'll be okay. You'll be fine.You have the best nurses and doctors you can get. Your family is there for you so just don't give up," she said.

If you would like to help, you can donate blood at the Coffee Memorial Blood Center located at 7500 Wallace Blvd in Amarillo Texas.