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Senior with Sickle Cell organizes blood drive

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Bryan Ballard, a senior at Laney, organizes blood drive for his senior class project from his hospital bed Bryan Ballard, a senior at Laney, organizes blood drive for his senior class project from his hospital bed

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – While most high school seniors are counting down the days until their Thanksgiving holiday break, Bryan Ballard, 17, is planning a blood drive---from his hospital bed.

The Laney High School senior has sickle cell anemia.  Last June, he had to be hospitalized for the genetic blood disorder.  He needed six units of blood to survive. So when it came time to decide on a senior class project, he didn't have to think long.  His personal experience inspired him to organize a blood drive.

Bryan is calling his project The Sickled Life.

Tuesday, November 20, Bryan's senior class project will come to life when the Red Cross pulls up to Hanks Chapel Church in Wilmington. There, Red Cross volunteers will accept blood from donors supporting Bryan's mission.

The blood drive will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Unfortunately, Bryan will not be able to attend.  He is back in the hospital with more complications from Sickle Cell Anemia. But he's hoping if you're reading this article, you'll go out and support his project, The Sickled Life.

Hanks Chapel Church is located at 6562 Carolina Beach Road.

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