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Family of young cancer survivor greet blood donors as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Canadian Blood Services marked Childhood Cancer Awareness month with a special event Wednesday.

A family who says their son is alive thanks to blood donors were at the clinic this afternoon personally thanking people who are giving blood.

Matthew Holmes, 11, has gone through radiation, chemotherapy, and three stem cell transplants.  He's needed blood from donors throughout all three years of his treatment.

His father, Daril Holmes, says he credits blood donors for helping save Matthew's life while the boy was battling leukemia.  That's why he, along with Matthew and other famikly members, spent Wednesday afternoon greeting donors.

"We'd just like to put a face to a case where, in our situation in our family, Matthew is here today and he's on the road to full recovery," he said.

Maureen Milette, manager of donor relations at the clinic, says studies show four per cent of eligible Canadians have given blood and says events like today's are meant to show the importance of donating.

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