KUSA - When Highlands Ranch sophomore class president Ocean Crist saw what her sister was going through, she wanted to do something.
In December of 2011, Talon Crist was diagnosed with ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenia), a blood disorder in which one's immune system produces antibodies that target and destroy the body's blood platelets. Blood platelets are important for blood clotting and to stop bleeding. Patients with ITP can experience bloody noses for extensive periods of time and bruise very easily. A severe bump on the head can cause internal bleeding which can lead to death.
Because of these symptoms, patients with ITP must be very careful with what they do and in many cases they can't participate in sports.
Talon knows this all too well. Now a 7th grader at Cresthill Middle School, she doesn't dance as much as she'd like and has to be very careful when playing sports.
There is good news however: after a few attempts at different treatments, doctors think they've found one treatment Talon's body is responding to.
ITP treatments are expensive and research is ongoing to help children like Talon. The PDSA (Platelet Disorder Support Association) is the main resource for patients and families dealing with ITP, however it isn't government funded like many other research efforts. This is where her sister Ocean comes in.
On Saturday, April 13th, Ocean is spearheaded an exercise marathon called "Time for Talon" at Highlands Ranch High School to benefit the PDSA. For $20 ($25 day of the event), participants can partake in a variety of workouts, like Zumba and yoga, and also enjoy plenty of food and a silent auction.
To sign up for the event or volunteer, click here.
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