The Blinn College-Sealy campus will partner with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and the Sealy Rotary Club to host a blood drive in honor of a child with a rare bone marrow disease on Monday, Nov. 9.

The blood drive will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Blinn College-Sealy campus.

“We wanted to make this blood drive more personal and get as many people to participate as possible,” said Lisa Caton, director of the Sealy campus.

Camila Zavala, a 21-month-old whose aunt attends Blinn College’s Brenham campus, has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disorder in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. The disease is commonly referred to as bone marrow failure disorder.

Zavala has had close to 30 life-saving blood transfusions, including seven transfusions given through the umbilical cord before birth.

The Blinn – Sealy campus offers a variety of academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. For information on course offerings and student registration, visit: or call 979-627-7997.