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Blood Drive Held in Memory of Young Cancer Victim

Nearly one-year after a young cancer victim’s death, his family is teaming up with Michigan Blood to hold a blood drive in his memory. Simon Cooper was diagnosed with Leukemia in January of 2014. He passed away 10-months later on November 5, 2014.  He was only 9-years-old.

Simon fought hard against his aggressive form of cancer. His motto was, “Be brave, never give up!”  During his treatment, he received several blood products. His family is holding the blood drive in hopes of helping other young cancer victims, fighting to survive. The blood drive in memory of Simon is Tuesday, October 27 at The Point Community Center in Kalamazoo, 2595 N. 10th Street, from 1pm - 6pm.

Throughout his short life, Simon approached each day with joy, strength, bravery and determination. Simon was a gentle spirit, who loved school, and was very close to his teachers and classmates at Winchell Elementary School in Kalamazoo.

Appointments to donate blood are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information and to make an appointment, go to www.miblood.org or call 1-866-MIBLOOD. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate.  Blood donors should bring photo ID.