A family struggling to keep their 4-year-old son healthy is giving back to the hospital that's helped them every step of the way.
Joey Poirier and his parents have been traveling back and forth from Riley Children’s Hospital in Indy for the past few months as part of Joey's cancer treatment.
They said the support they've gotten from hospital staff inspired them to organize an event to raise money for Riley.
On Saturday they teamed up with the South Bend Medical Foundation.
For every pint of blood collected, the foundation will donate $5.00 to Riley in Joey's name.
“We've been in a position where both my husband and I lost our jobs when he was diagnosed and they helped us out so much so it's a way to show our appreciation for everything they've done for us,” said Joey’s mother, Melissa Mills.
She added, “They ended up doing a cat scan and they found a tumor. It’s been a pretty big rollercoaster since. He’s done 33 rounds of radiation, chemo since April, has to go every month. Hopefully if all prevails then we'll go into remission.”
But this is not the first attempt at a fundraiser for this family.
Just weeks ago, a pizza place had set up a donation jar for them but a man, falsely claiming to be part of the family, stole $300 from that fund.