Bright Side: Blood Drive held in honor of West Peoria boy

By WEEK Producer

March 28, 2014 Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM CDT

PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. -- A special blood drive is taking place this weekend in honor of a West Peoria boy with a congenital heart defect.

Blake Ballard, 9, has undergone two surgeries in the past that require blood transfusions. Another surgery is set for this summer.

Last year he was granted a trip to Florida from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Saturday’s blood drive runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand View Lodge number 1112 in Peoria Heights.