Clinic to honour Keera Daniel

Keera Daniel shares a moment with her friend Miranda Bilton, who shaved her head and donated her hair to cancer patients, as a show of support. Nugget File Photo pc4HXjCOgIRgMHrQKXKnAofRcPaiWCck

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A special blood donation event in honour of Keera Daniel will be held Sept. 18 at The Elks Lodge in North Bay.

“Keera was a strong, brilliant, fierce teenager who faced an unfair battle with cancer,” her mother, Kerri Stiller, host of the blood donation clinic, says.

“Regardless of how tough her fight got, how much pain she felt, how many treatments she went through, a smile remained on her face and she stayed true to the person she was. Keera was and is an extraordinary girl, who faced the hardest battles one could face – but continued to inspire everyone around her in more ways than we can count.

“She touched the lives of so many, and all of those people will keep her name and fight going.”

The blood donation clinic will also raise awareness of the need for blood in cancer treatments during Children Cancer Awareness month.

Each day, six Canadian children are diagnosed with cancer. It can take up to five blood donors for a single treatment.

The Grade 12 student at Chippewa Secondary School was diagnosed with a bone tumour in early 2018 after she started experiencing pain in her left knee a couple of months earlier.

Keera’s former coach, Shawn Plamondon, said late last year that Keera was a real team player who motivated her teammates.

“She has a good work ethic and she always kept the girls loose,” he said. “She was the character on the team. She did funny things that kept the other girls loose and having fun.”

The clinic will be held Sept. 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Stiller, friends and family will be among those donating blood in Keera’s honour.