Dozens donate blood in honor of young boy fighting cancer

St. Paul Lutheran on N. Court hosted the blood drive.

Over two dozen people in the community gave blood Thursday in honor of a little boy from Ottumwa who's fighting cancer.

Aiden Baumgartner is battling a form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. His school-- Horace Mann Elementary recently held a blood drive in his honor. Now, his church across the street, St. Paul Lutheran, decided to do the same.

"A year ago he was diagnosed with cancer in his shoulder, and this whole year he's had surgery and chemotherapy, and we wanted to do something," Pastor Ron Barnett said. "He worships here; his family and grandparents worship here, and we wanted to do this in honor of him because there's so many medical concerns out there, and we not only wanted to raise awareness for Aiden, but for all people who need blood."

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Ottumwa organized the blood drive. They say the 28 units of blood collected Thursday will save up to 84 lives.