Community rallies for young man battling leukemia

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's a blood drive that turned out to be a bona fide success. The community rallied outside of St. Terese church in Gulfport to hold a blood drive for Clyde
"C. J." Bullard a 19-year-old who is battling acute myeloid leukemia.

Many of C. J.'s friends, family and community members came out to support the cause. The supporters included members of an organization in which he was involved, the Kappa League. The Kappa League is a youth organization of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

"I just hope that other individuals, especially young people, look at us, and they see they can get out here and have a positive impact on the community," said Imani Lombard, president of the Kappa League.

C. J.'s family said the outpouring of support was moving. His mother, Teresa Bullard, said there's a bit of irony in the fact that people are coming out to give C. J. Blood.

"C. J. would be out done; C. J.'s a very giving person. He loves to give blood, so it's just the idea that everybody now is giving him blood," said Bullard.

Thanks to community support, organizers said the blood drive met and surpassed their expectations. The Blood Center sent a mobile unit out of New Orleans for the effort.

"The blood drive lady said we brought extra bags just in case, and we're gonna have to use all of them," said organizer Patrice Lombard.

Family members say the good news is that C. J.'s cancer is treatable and curable. He is at Children's Hospital of New Orleans. But, Bullard said it's still a tough road ahead for C. J. He's going through his second bout of chemotherapy.

Tune in to WLOX news after the game to find out just how successful the blood drive was and hear more of C. J.'s story.

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