Brentwood Battle of the Badges Honors Faith Grier
Red Cross Battle of the Badges Begins
Give blood in honor of Williamson county resident Faith Grier
The American Red Cross is in need of blood and platelet donations of all types. To help boost the blood supply, the Red Cross is partnering with local heroes for a Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. The men and women of the Brentwood Fire Department will “battle” the Brentwood Police force to see who can give the most blood and recruit the most donors to give in honor of their department.
First responders understand the importance of blood donation all too well. They face local emergencies every day and see the need for blood.
But this friendly competition isn’t just for police officers and fire fighters; anyone can get involved in the fun by donating blood and voting for a favorite team.
This year, the Brentwood Battle of the Badges is being held in honor of Williamson County resident, Faith Grier (pictured right). Faith battled cancer twice by the age of 2, and won!
The Williamson County toddler was just 17 months old when her mother felt a large knot in her stomach. They immediately took Faith to the emergency room. After a series of tests, physicians determined the knot was a stage three cancerous tumor. Faith endured seven months of chemotherapy at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, but the tumor never shrank. Doctors were forced to operate and they removed the large mass. Unfortunately, further tests revealed the cancer had spread to both of her lungs. Faith went through aggressive rounds of chemotherapy and radiation for another eight months. This time her body responded, and scans taken in January 2015 revealed she is cancer free.
Throughout her journey, Faith needed dozens of Red Cross blood and platelet donations. “Blood and platelet transfusions played a vital role in helping Faith recover from chemotherapy. The doctors only allow her blood counts to get so low. Once they are critical, the blood transfusions were an absolute necessity,” said Faith’s mother, Tiffany Grier. “I am beyond thankful that blood and platelets were available to help her make it through the tremendously hard treatment she endured to survive.”
Donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS, download the Blood Donor App or go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: brentwoodbattleofthebadges to schedule a blood donation appointment.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.