City of Peoria employees listen as Debbie Burtrum talks about her own experience with her grandson, Miles, during a July 9 kickoff luncheon instructing volunteers for the blood drive, which occurred July 16 at City Hall.  

Three-year-old Miles was diagnosed eight months ago with neuroblastoma, and he has received countless blood transfusions in the course of his treatment. The city’s blood drive this week was dedicated to him.

The city is always at the top of the list for blood donors, and United Blood Services always recognizes the city at its annual awards luncheon.