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CARA and MS Blood Services host blood drive for toddler

Man donates blood Saturday at CARA in support of 18-month-old (Source: MSNewsNow) Man donates blood Saturday at CARA in support of 18-month-old (Source: MSNewsNow)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The community teamed up once again to support Ryan Lasource who is battling leukemia for the second time at just one and a half years-old.

People aren't the only ones rooting for the little guy's recovery, so is man's best friend.

Most people probably wouldn't say giving blood is fun, but it is for a good cause.

On Saturday morning more than 30 people signed up to donate blood and platelets outside of the Community Animal Rescue and Adoption in Ryan Lasource's name.

"That could mean life or death for Ryan if he's not able to get the blood that he needs that could be a very scary thing," said Ryan's dad, Austin Lasource.

Little Ryan recently went through a week of chemo for the AML Leukemia he's fighting for the second time. He heads back to the doctor this coming week for more testing before an anticipated bone marrow transplant.

"For him to go through the stuff he's going through right now with this leukemia and to know the procedures he's had done, to see him bounce off the walls the following day this child is tough, tough as nails," said Lasource family friend Don Tullos.
 
While Ryan is undergoing his treatments he can't be around many people, so his best friend is a 7 year-old pet dog named Franco. Franco actually knew about Ryan's illness before anyone else.

"Both times that Ryan was diagnosed, the initial time he was diagnosed with leukemia and most recently when he relapsed Franco started to have somewhat of a distinctive behavior to tell us something is not right, just really anxious and really unsettled," said Austin.

"I think we all could admit that early on Franco knew Ryan was sick long before any of us knew I think they've been buddies from the beginning and he's always been his protector," said Ryan's grandma, Cheryl Lasource.

Blood donors that came out Saturday hope their giving can also protect Ryan and help heal him to health.

"Oh, its nothing it's just a little bitty stick and then you just get to lay here and chill out," said donor Chrystal Austin.

Ryan's family plans to have additional blood drives in Ryan's name in the future. They also want to thank everyone who has supported Ryan and their family during Ryan's illness.

 

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