By Gabriel Rom
The mother of a Middle Village native who fought cancer twice is organizing a blood drive in honor of her daughter.
Carly Rose Nieves was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 7 and re-diagnosed five years later. She beat the disease both times.
Nieves’ mother, Lisa Horner, started the Carly Rose Foundation to raise cancer awareness and give back to other cancer-fighters in need of blood transfusions.
The foundation has partnered with the New York Blood Center to host a blood and bone marrow drive at Christ the King High School, located at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The foundation will provide entertainment for children and raffles for those who donate blood.
Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Photo I.D. will be required to participate.
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