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Annual ‘Gift of Garrett’ blood drive

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

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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 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.