Hamilton blood drive in memory of teen brings in 92 units

Monday, July 15, 2013

 From left are Kenny Lowery, laboratory director, and Cindy Walker of Blood Assurance.
Kenny Lowery, Laboratory Director & Cindy Walker of Blood Assurance
From left are Cindy Walker of Blood Assurance and Shawna Farmer, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services Coordinator. 
Cindy Walker of Blood Assurance & Shawna Farmer, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services Coordinator.
 From left are Paula McManus, Medical Staff coordinator, and Cindy Walker of Blood Assurance.
Paula McManus, Medical Staff Coordinator & Cindy Walker of Blood Assurance.

DALTON, Ga. – Hamilton Medical Center’s (HMC) recent blood drive through Blood Assurance yielded 92 units of blood, including 13 first-time donors. The drive was held in memory of Christian Bryant, daughter of Robyn Bryant, RN, education and quality improvement manager for the Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) Emergency Department.

“I am so thankful for the incredible response,” said Robyn Bryant. “Lives will be saved because of the donations. Christian wanted to change the world, and she is still making a difference. Thank you to everyone who attempted to donate and who donated. A special thanks to the 15 who signed up to be a part of the bone marrow registry and all those willing but did not meet the guidelines. The response from the drive is very humbling!”

Christian was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the beginning of her senior year of high school. She was in remission very quickly, but her situation was full of rare complications. During her illness, Christian became an advocate for blood and platelet donation. She received hundreds of blood products during her battle with the disease.

In addition to the blood donations, 15 donors signed up the bone marrow registry.