A local family is taking an opportunity to help children with cancer in memory of one of their loved ones who was taken too soon.

Madeline Marzan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer just before her fourth birthday. She passed away in October of last year.

To help with one of the greatest needs of pediatric cancer patients going through treatment, Madeline's family is holding a blood drive in her memory.

"We want to pay it forward and in her memory. There's still a lot of children out there with cancer and September is pediatric cancer month so we want to make people aware," said Madeline's grandmother, Mary.

"Every little bit helps. We do have a goal but what we're focused on now is getting donors, new donors, and raising people's awareness of pediatric cancer in our area," said Carol Graves, a donor resource representative for the Miller-Keystone Blood Center.

The blood drive will be Friday September 28th at Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank on Broadway. You can stop by any time from 9 to 5.

To schedule an appointment you can visit www.giveapint.org.