Hamilton to host blood drive in memory of teen

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Christian Bryant (memory of) Christian Bryant, daughter of Robyn Bryant, RN, education and quality improvement manager for the Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) Emergency Department, received hundreds of blood products during her fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Christian was an avid and competitive runner in high school. A blood drive in Christian’s memory will be held at HMC on May 20.

DALTON, Ga. – Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) will host a blood drive through Blood Assurance on Wednesday, May 20. The drive will be held in memory of Christian Bryant, daughter of Robyn Bryant, RN, education and quality improvement manager for the HMC Emergency Department.

An avid and competitive runner, Christian found herself in an unwanted race. Christian was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the beginning of her senior year of high school. “Christian faced this race with a positive attitude and a plan to win,” her mother said.

Christian 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.

The Bloodmobile will be set up to take donors in the parking lot on the corner of Broadrick Drive and Memorial Drive (west side of Broadrick) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 20. Donors will receive a special “Get On Board” solo cup and snacks as well as a chance to win a Dollywood or Six Flags family prize. To set up a time to donate, please call 706-272-6114.

“Christian won her race on May 26, 2012, and received ultimate healing,” her mother said. “She would be very pleased to know that someone might be touched by her story and chose to give the gift of life.”

More about Christian can be found at thechristianbryantfoundation.com.