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Annual Red Cross blood drive in Troy, Mo. will commemorate local infant

Missouri-Illinois

June 27, 2014
 

Garrett Briggs died of liver cancer in 2007

 

TROY, Mo. (June 27, 2014) — The family of infant Garrett Briggs hopes the story of the child’s brief life and his fight with liver cancer will help raise awareness about the constant need for blood donations for all patients. Garrett was just 10 weeks old when he died in September 2007, but in those 10 weeks his mother says Garrett used “a lot” of blood products as part of chemotherapy.

 

“He used so much blood, plasma, platelets…he used everything,” said Lisa Briggs.

 

Lisa was 38 weeks pregnant when an ultrasound revealed an unidentified mass. Upon Garrett’s birth, doctors determined the mass was a tumor on the baby’s liver. Treatment and surgeries followed, as did several blood product transfusions.

 

“We had no idea how much blood was needed to help people,” said Lisa, whose family has partnered with the American Red Cross and the Troy Elks Lodge for the past seven years to raise awareness about the importance of blood donations. “Without it, he wouldn’t have even had a chance.”

 

Seventh Annual Garrett Briggs Memorial Blood Drive

July 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Troy Elks Lodge

541 2nd St. in Troy, Mo.

 

Eligible blood donors are urged to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.