Hundreds donate blood in honor of 2-year-old boy

By WEEK Producer

June 30, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Last week we told you the story of two-year-old James Maughan of Peoria, the boy whose life was saved through a series of blood transfusions. 

Sunday more than one hundred people donated blood to help save a life in his honor.
 
James was diagnosed with meningitis, which destroyed most of the capillaries in his body.
 
Though he lost a leg, hand, and finger from poor blood circulation, doctors were able to save his life.
 
His mother says community members kept asking what they could do to help, so the Maughan family worked with the American Red Cross to organize a blood drive.    
 
"If you're thinking about it and you really want to do it, just call Red Cross and make an appointment that way too,” says Angie Maughan. “We appreciate people doing it in honor of James, but what's more important is that it's there to save lives."
 
The drive collected 125 units of lifesaving blood, surpassing the 80 unit goal. 
 
James Maughn's family plans to put on another drive with the help of the American Red Cross.
 
For more information on donating, visit www.redcrossblood.org