Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Raising a pint for kids: Blood drive benefits Down syndrome children ]]> Lead story image

Easter is going to be a bit different this year for 11-year-old Natalie De Nova. The Tinley Park girl is scheduled to undergo her seventh heart surgery on Monday, and having a big family gathering Sunday is too risky, her mom, Juliette De Nova, said. Even a mild case of the sniffles shared by another family member could get her bounced out of the operating room. On Thursday, friends rolled up their sleeves and donated pints of blood for Natalie as well as 3-year-old Bryce Bartczak. Both children have Down syndrome and both require blood transfusions for other health problems. … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:34:38 -0500