ORINDA -- A blood drive will be held Monday, March 17 at Orinda Intermediate School to help a 10-year-old fifth-grader as she battles a rare form of leukemia.

Naomi "Nomi" Solwren was diagnosed with a rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in early January, and has been out of her classes at Wagner Ranch Elementary School while she undergoes treatment, said her mother, Deena Solwren.

Nomi's older sister Maya, 12, is a seventh-grader at OIS."The community has been wonderful in helping us," said Deena Solwren, who quit her job as a self-employed psychotherapist to take care on Nomi. On sale at Wagner ranch are "Team Nomi" wristbands, and there is a CareForward website at which donations to the Solwrens' ongoing medical expenses can be made. That website address is www.giveforward.com/undraiser/z0x3/nomi-solwren-cancer-fund?utm_ource=giveforward&;utm_medi... )

The OIS blood drive, with its logistics being handled by the American Red Cross, will run from 12:30 to 6 p.m. March 17. Though any prospective blood donor is welcome to come without an appointment, registration ahead of time can be done by going to www.redcrossblood.org, and use the sponsor code TEAMNAOMI.

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