Wyatt Lafontaine, who is now three years old, received many blood products after being diagnosed with cancer as an infant.

The family of a young blood recipient in eastern Ontario is encouraging donors to book appointments at upcoming clinics, including the next one in Kemptville on February 2.

Wyatt Lafontaine was diagnosed in June 2017 at only 10 months old with infant acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He spent several months at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario undergoing chemotherapy, with blood transfusions every second day.

“I’m incredibly thankful and proud of people who are taking time from their busy lives to donate,” said Sam Loan, Wyatt’s mother. “I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

Wyatt and his mother have attended two blood donation events to personally thank donors, most recently on Christmas Eve in Orleans.

“For Wyatt to come up to you and say, ‘thank you for donating!’ is a really exceptional experience,” said Jan Grant, a territory manager in donor relations at Canadian Blood Services.

The next blood donation event in Kemptville is happening February 2 at the W.B. George Centre at 48 Shearer St. Appointments are still available from 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

To book an appointment, simply download the GiveBlood app, call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or book now at blood.ca. Walk-in appointments are also available. With your donation, you could be helping children like Wyatt.

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