Teen cancer survivor seeks to become Eagle Scout

A Suffolk County teenager who is a cancer survivor is working his way toward becoming a prestigious Eagle Scout.



Brian Fitzmaurice organized a blood and food drive at the Great River Fire Department. He says he decided to run a blood drive to give back to those who are in need.



The 17-year-old was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer, when he was 15. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment, in addition to about 40 blood and platelet transfusions. He has been cancer-free for about a year.



The goal of the drive was to get at least 40 donated pints of blood. By the end of the six-hour event, Fitzmaurice says more than 60 donations were made from the community.



Eagle Scout is the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America.


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