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Red Cross Blood Drive to Help Nine Year Old

PEORIA HEIGHTS - Blake Ballard has gone through a number of surgeries to repair his heart and will need blood transfusions during his next surgery.
PEORIA HEIGHTS - Nine year old Blake Ballard was born with several heart defects.

He has had a number of surgeries to help repair his heart, and those require a number of blood transfusions.

Saturday, people took action to make sure his next surgery will be a success

Friends and family hosted an American Red Cross blood drive in his honor.

Blake is scheduled for heart surgery this summer.

His mother, Amber Ballard, says the blood donated will help with Blake's surgery, as well as others who desperately need it.

"A lot of people get from it," she said. "It's not just for the person it is being hosted for. So many lives that get saved and can get helped by doing this."

Blake's surgery is scheduled for June.

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