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Gulfport cancer survivor urges people to donate blood

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A Gulfport teen has benefited from your blood donations. Nick Myers, 17, was diagnosed with leukemia less than a year ago, but he is alive and well today thanks to donated blood.

Before Leukemia, Nick was an energetic soccer player at Gulfport High School. When he went in for a regular eye check up, he didn't expect to start the long road that would eventually lead to a diagnosis of cancer. Now, he is making a comeback and is urging you to donate so that more lives can be saved.

He attributes his improving health to the blood and platelet transfusions he received.

"Every single bag of blood counts," Nick said.

His plea to the community is simple, "What if it was you? Wouldn't you want someone to come out and give blood for you?"

There is an opportunity to donate soon. The 31st annual WLOX-TV American Red Cross Holiday Blood Drive will be Monday, 12PM - 6PM, and Tuesday, 9AM - 3PM. The Blood Drive will be held in Edgewater Mall at the Belk entrance.

To schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.redcrossblood.org/ and use sponsor code WLOX

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