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Bridgeview Community Center Holds Blood Drive To Remember Oliver Canales Who Died Of Leukemia

July 02, 2018 - 7:38 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A blood and bone marrow drive was held in Bridgeview over the weekend to remember a special boy a year after his death.

Ten-year-old Oliver Canales died on July 1, 2017 after a long battle with Leukemia. Oliver received many blood transfusions in his life so Saturday's blood drive, sponsored by LifeSource, at the Bridgeview Community Center, was held to honor Oliver and also to help others who need the donations now.

Oliver's mother, Rebecca  Komosa, told WBBM that Oliver "was all about having a good time and a party and bringing people together," so Saturday's event, which featured music, food and t-shirts, was quite appropriate.

Oliver's sister, Starr, just graduated from the University of Illinois and is pursing a career in medicine.

She told WBBM that Oliver "had countless blood transfusions so it's really nice that people are giving back so we can give back to other kids that are just like him."

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Katie Adeszko was Oliver's teacher for two years and was one of the first in line to donate blood.
"We're honoring him and trying to help others just like him," she said.

The blood drive was Saturday, but those who want more information on how to honor Oliver Canales' legacy and help others can click on the Lifesource website to learn more.