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Strangers step up to give blood for Conde children
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From left, Rachael Conde holds her newborn son, Anthony, while her husband, Victor, carries young Sofia Rose during Wednesdays blood drive at CK Bar and Grill in Lathrop. Sofia and Anthony are both afflicted with the blood disorder, Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

LATHROP – Vicky Sperlock caught a glimpse Wednesday of the Conde family inside CK Bar and Grill.

Included were youngster Sofia Rose and her baby brother, Anthony, along with their parents, Rachael and Victor.

“The children are beautiful,” said Sperlock, who stopped by the Lathrop restaurant to donate a pint of blood to benefit young Sofia Rose.

She’s afflicted with Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency, which, according to doctors, causes a form of anemia that leads to the breakdown of red blood cells.

As a result, Sofia Rose receives routine blood transfusions about once every three weeks.

“We’ve had so many blood drives that I’ve lost count,” said her mother, Rachael.

She and Victor were stunned to discover that Anthony, who was born on June 10, also had the same hereditary blood disorder.

The Condes stood at CK Bar and Grill, formerly the Country Kitchen – the owner, Amita Kotecha, agreed to host the Delta Blood Bank drive – personally greeting and thanking those for their support.

Many including Sperlock of Manteca had never met the Lathrop family. The last time she donated blood was about a year ago.

“I read about the girl (in the Bulletin) and wanted to help out,” Sperlock said.

Another blood drive is planned for Friday in Stockton – McNair High, corner of Morada Lane and West Lane, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. – for the Conde children.

A pint can also be donated at the Delta Blood Bank, 1030 N. Main St., Manteca, in the name of Sofia Rose Conde.