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August 11, 2014; Posted by: WeBleed staff

Former UFC champ Tito Ortiz helps raise awareness for young girl with Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA).

11 year old Mia McPoland was born with Diamond Blackfan anemia which causes her body to not produce enough red blood cells that it needs. In order for her to receive the treatments she needs, she relieves on blood donors.

“If they don’t have the blood, then I won’t live and I won’t be able to do the things I normally get to do,” said Mia told Channel 3 TV out of Arizona, “I go to the hospital about once a month to get a regular blood transfusion.”

Enter former UFC Champion Tito Ortiz who came out to meet and greet fans at Paradise Valley Mall to attract blood donations on Sunday to help Mia in her fight.

“As a father, I couldn’t imagine my child going through that,” Ortiz said, “So we’re here today making this happen.”

Mia said of the donors. “If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today doing the things I love, and I wouldn’t be talking to you, and I wouldn’t meet Tito, and I wouldn’t spend time with my family and friends…Thank you for giving me the gift of life.”

Click here to learn more about Diamond Blackfan Anemia and the DBA Foundation.

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