Isabella Santos Foundation to partner with OneBlood for community blood drive

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 2, 2020) The Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) is teaming up with OneBlood on March 7-9th, to host blood drives throughout the Charlotte area on what would have been Isabella’s 15th birthday to honor her life and legacy. Isabella Santos passed away at age seven from a five-year battle with neuroblastoma, a rare type of pediatric cancer. During her treatment, she received numerous blood and platelet transfusions. “OneBlood has been an incredible partner and supporter throughout Isabella’s cancer journey and with our efforts to carry on her legacy to impact the lives of children with cancer,” says Erin Santos, executive director and president of the Isabella Santos Foundation. “We hope you will join us to help honor Isabella’s life and legacy bringing in a record number of blood units for our community over these several days.”

This will be the Isabella Santos Foundation’s largest blood drive yet with locations and mobile units across the city. For every confirmed donation, OneBlood will generously donate $10 back to ISF.  

“We have long valued our relationship with the Isabella Santos Foundation, which is the spirit and manifestation of Isabella’s legacy of community support and caring,” said Martin Grable, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development at OneBlood. “It is very rewarding to partner with such a passionate and highly successful group of people dedicated to raising awareness of rare childhood cancers. We encourage the public to make a difference by rolling up their sleeves and giving blood in memory of Isabella [Santos] and to save local lives.”

Check out the full list of March 7-9 donation locations and times below: 

Isabella Santos Center in Ballantyne

12239 N. Community House Road

Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Monday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Charlotte Center

4447 South Blvd

Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Monday, 10 am to 8:00 pm

OneBlood’s Big Red Bus Mobile Units

Isabella Santos Center

12239 N. Community House, Charlotte

Saturday, 8:00 am – 3 pm

Stonecrest /Jersey Mike’s

7716 Rea Road, Charlotte

Saturday & Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm


1915 Randolph Rd, Charlotte

Monday, 9:00 am to 4 pm

NoDa Brewing

2921 N. Tryon St

Sunday, 12 am to 5 pm

Appointments can be made here.

To view the ISF Blood Drive social share kit, click here.

About Isabella Santos Foundation

The Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) is a 501(c)3 childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research for rare pediatric cancers, and charities that directly impact the lives of children with cancer. ISF was founded in honor of Isabella Santos from Charlotte, N.C. who lost her battle against neuroblastoma. ISF is committed to improving rare pediatric cancer treatment options in an effort to increase the survival rate of kids with cancer so they can live their dreams. ISF has donated nearly $4 million to date to expand the scope of pediatric cancer research and treatment, and to fill various needs surrounding childhood cancers. For more information, visit or connect with ISF on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About OneBlood

OneBlood is the local nonprofit, community-based blood center and the primary blood supplier to the region’s hospitals. OneBlood collects blood and blood products from volunteer donors in the community to return to the community at the lowest possible cost consistent with the highest possible standards. OneBlood is a member of America’s Blood Centers, North America’s largest network of community-based, independent blood centers that provide more than 50 percent of the nation’s blood supply. For more information on hosting a blood drive or donating blood in your area, click here. Connect with OneBlood on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


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