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Easton's 'Beast Squad' assembles to donate blood for those in need of transfusions on Wednesday, Sept. 13

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Bowen and Easton Schroeder showing off their 'Beast Squad' T-shirts. The American Red Cross facilitates 5.6 million blood donations every year. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, you could show your support by rolling up your sleeve at a blood drive at the Sandy Community Action Center, 38982 Pioneer Blvd., from noon to 6 p.m.

This event will be hosted by the Schroeder family of Sandy in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and in support of 4-year-old Easton Schroeder, who was diagnosed with leukemia in May.

"As a mom, I (knew) things weren't great," Easton's mother Skye Schroeder said. "He's not my kid right now."

The Schroeders are one of five families using their experience to encourage others to "fuel the fight" against cancer.

"When we got diagnosed, a ton of moms came up to us and introduced themselves," Skye added. "(Soon) I was asked to represent Sandy for fuel the fight. We've had to do four blood transfusions and three platelet transfusions. This is a way for us to contribute."

As a toddler, Skye explained that Easton still has some difficulty understanding what's happening to him.

Skye explains the drive to him by saying right now he has a lot of bad blood and needs more good blood, and with the drive they'll be able to get good blood for children like him at Randall Children's Hospital.

To this he excitedly responds "So we can all get good blood?"

Recently, the family hosted a fundraiser at the Eagle Creek Saloon and was amazed by how many people came out and bought raffle tickets and donated money. The family raised a little more than $14,000 in one night.

"It was the most overwhelming love and support I ever felt," Skye said. "I don't even know the right words to describe how cool it was."

Donations to help the Schroeders can be made online at www.gofundme.com/ourwarriorEaston.

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