Blood drives to be held ahead of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

It can take up to five blood donors to help one child undergoing cancer treatment.

That's a message Canadian Blood Services wants you to take to heart Wednesday, as they hold blood drives across the country to get ready for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

Families of children with cancer will be at blood donor clinics to share their stories, and to thank donors for helping to save lives.

In Ottawa, the drive will be taking place at the Canadian Blood Services office at 1575 Carling Avenue. Matthew Holmes, diagnosed in 2011 with acute myeloid leukemia, will be there with his family to greet and thank donors, by handing out gold ribbons in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Matthew has undergone radiation treatments, chemotherapy, and three stem cell transplants during his battle with cancer.

Matthew's father Daril, and 15 of his co-workers from the Ontario Provincial Police will also be donating blood.

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