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Cameron Merrill Memorial Blood Drive

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — It was all smiles and some tears at the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield Monday. The community came out to give blood in honor of a 2-year-old boy who lost his battle to cancer this year.

Cameron was only 19 months when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He died in January. His mom says she wanted to help other families facing a similar situation, so she started the Cameron Merrill Memorial Blood Drive in memory of her son.

“I wasn’t done being his mom. I wasn’t finished being his mom and with this, it makes me feel like I can do something to mom him,” said Shelly Merrill.

Shelley Merrill is also leading an effort to create what she calls ‘Big Bags’. The bags have essential items in them, like toothpaste and shampoo, for families.

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