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Donors Invited to Give on Behalf of Abby's Max Beaton

Posted on 09/02/2010 12:00am

Blood drive honours young cancer patient
Donors invited to give on behalf of Abby's Max Beaton
The Times
Published: Tuesday, February 09, 2010

An Abbotsford pre-teen is inspiring dozens of Correctional Service of Canada employees, their friends and family to donate blood over the next several weeks as part of a Fraser Valley blood drive.

Max Beaton, 12, has been fighting Hodgkin's lymphoma at B.C. Children's Hospital for the last two years. Having received about 30 units of red blood cells and 20 units of platelets over the last several years, Max most recently underwent a stem cell transplant to help end his cancer. The transplant surgery took place right before Christmas, and co-workers of Max's mom and dad - both employees of Correctional Service of Canada - wanted to know what they could do to help.

"A blood drive is a way for people to make some sort of tangible contribution," said Sam Beaton, Max's father. Sam encouraged his co-workers to consider donating blood, and soon it turned into an eight-week blood drive, running from Jan. 18 to Mar. 18.

An employee at the Mission Institution, it was a natural fit that the Max Beaton blood drive start at Canadian Blood Services' Mission blood donor clinic, but the drive has since extended to clinics across the Fraser Valley.

As far as Sam is concerned, the more blood collected during the blood drive, the better.

"Going through Max's treatments, you realize just how fragile the blood supply is - there isn't an inexhaustible supply," he says. "Without donors, we wouldn't have the blood products needed for my son, and many others like him."

The blood drive will run until March 18. Upcoming blood donor clinics in the Fraser Valley include:

ABBOTSFORD

Feb. 9, 2-8 p.m. - Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, 3145 Gladwin Rd.

Feb. 13, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, 3145 Gladwin Rd.

Feb. 23, 2-8 p.m. - Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, 3145 Gladwin Rd.

Mar. 9, 2-8 p.m. - Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, 3145 Gladwin Rd.

Mar. 13, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, 3145 Gladwin Rd.

MISSION

Feb. 15 & March 15, both held between 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Cedar Valley Mennonite Church, 32840 Janzen Ave.

© Abbotsford Times 2010