Annual ‘Gift of Garrett’ blood drive

The Briggs Family has joined with the Troy Elks Lodge and the American Red Cross to honor Garrett Briggs’ sixth birthday with a local blood drive.

You can give the Gift of Life on Saturday, July 13, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Troy Elks Lodge, 541 Second Street in Troy.

This year, donors will receive a free sandwich coupon to Lion’s Choice. American Red Cross national promotions include a chance to win one of five American Express gift cards each valued at $3,000 and eligibility to enter to win a trip to Hollywood for an exclusive VIP tour of Warner Bros. Studios.

To schedule a donation appointment for the blood drive, call or text Garrett’s Mom, Lisa, at 636-345-3077. Consider giving the Gift of Life in honor of Garrett’s 6th Birthday!

GARRETT’S STORY

Garrett Joseph Briggs was born July 17, 2007 and died Sept. 24, 2007. He was born with a softball size tumor on his liver which was diagnosed as childhood liver cancer. In his ten weeks of life, he underwent six weeks of chemotherapy and had six surgeries; two of which were liver transplants. During his treatment, he needed a lot of platelets, plasma and blood. During his second liver transplant alone, he received the adult equivalent of 5 gallons of blood. It became obvious that it was the generous donation of blood products and organs that had given Garrett a chance for a cure. In his memory, the family created The Gift of Garrett Fund. Its purpose is to promote the donation of blood products/organs, to help cure cancer and to help others in similar situations.

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 8:41 am