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Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014 12:01 pm

Tito Ortiz, the famed mixed martial artist, is helping out with a blood drive for Mia McPoland, a Valley 11-year-old whose body cannot produce red blood cells.

Ortiz is parterning with United Blood Services/Arizona to host the “Fight for Life” Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix.

All blood donors will meet the former UFC light heavyweight champion and receive a personalized autographed photo.

Mia depends upon blood donors to provide lifesaving transfusions every month at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa — a need that is expected to continue the rest of her life. She was born with Diamond-Blackfan anemia, a rare disorder that prevents her body from producing red blood cells. “Mia is alive today because of people who donate blood,” said her mom, Kristi. “Our family is beyond thankful to everyone who takes the time out of their busy day to simply donate blood.” Mia has already required 113 blood transfusions to stay alive.

Appointments are recommended and limited to the first 150 donors.

To participate, call (877) UBS-HERO (827-4376) or visit (enter sponsor code: Tito).

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