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Young leukemia survivor gives back with blood drive

Auston Cagle and his mom, Amy. Auston Cagle and his mom, Amy.

After three years, a Guntersville boy will no longer have to take chemotherapy treatments. His mother is planning to celebrate Saturday with a blood drive.

Hearing their son Auston is cancer-free is just what Amy and her husband Beau Cagle wanted to hear. Auston was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of six. Three and a half years later, they got the good news at his last trip for chemo this past May. They decided to celebrate in September because it is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

They have planned a blood drive at the Guntersville Church of Christ on Saturday. Amy said blood is essential when it comes to treating cancer in children, so she hopes people will find it in their hearts to come.

"Auston received over 30 units of blood during his treatment," said Amy. "Often times we had to wait on his blood to be ready, or even to get blood because it was in such short supply. It's very important that people understand the importance of giving blood because these kids need it."

Amy's vigilance to fight the disease continues to be strong, having seen many children lose the same fight as Auston. "I feel so blessed, that I feel we should give back. Sometimes I think if we can just give back enough, that we will stay in remission and stay cured. It's therapeutic to give back to others."

The blood drive will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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