Blood drive held to help Mount Vernon toddler

A blood drive was held today for a Mount Vernon toddler, who's fighting to stay cancer-free.

Family, friends and even strangers gathered at the Elks Lodge on Lincoln Avenue to help 20-month-old Aksel Jaroz, who has spent almost his entire life in the hospital. Aksel is battling acute leukemia, but came home from the hospital cancer-free. His mother, a Mount Vernon police officer, was one of the first to donate blood.

There's currently a blood shortage in the region, and relatives are hoping for a big turnout to help Aksel and others in need. A sign-up for the National Bone Marrow Registry is also taking place at the drive.

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