Evan Perricelli is a special kid. And the entire city of Cincinnati knows it.
Last spring, the 1st grader was diagnosed with idiopathic aplastic anemia, a rare form of blood cancer that is often fatal. The Perricelli family discovered that Evan was ill during a routine, after-school soccer practice. The hour-long practice left Evan exhausted and covered in bruises. His mother rushed him to the doctor where it was discovered that he was severely anemic.
Since then, Evan has undergone a blood marrow transplant that has saved his life. Although incredibly grateful, the entire experience of waiting for a donor, identifying the match and receiving the marrow was excruciating. Evan has used this experience as motivation to help others.
On Saturday February 1st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Evan is helping orchestrate a blood drive and bone marrow registry that will be held at Kona Korporate (5945 centennial circle). Kona Ice, a mobile shaved ice franchise, has partnered with Evan to help him plan and organize the blood drive which will feature several instrumental members of the community including Chris Herrell of the Cincinnati Reds (a blood marrow recipient that suffers from the same rare blood cancer as Evan).