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Lions to host blood drive for 11-year-old battling leukemia

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Jayden Melendez outside Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.

Editor's note: This story was updated July 26, 2015 at 11:51 a.m.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

The Ojai Valley Lions Club will host a blood drive and bone marrow testing event July 31 to support 11-year-old Jayden “Jay” Melendez as he battles acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The Lions raised $15,000 during their May “Play 4 Jay” event to support the Oak View boy and his family as he goes through chemotherapy treatment.

Melendez will likely undergo chemotherapy treatments for the next three years, according to his mother, Karisa Melendez.

The event will be co-hosted by United Blood Services and will be held at Westridge Midtown Market, 131 W. Ojai Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Everyone who donates blood Sunday will be given one free general admission ticket to the Ventura County Fair, according to Madeline Thompson, a Lions Club member.

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