Washington County VA

Local church hosts blood drive in memory of Hannah Grace Broyles


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - A Washington County, Tennessee family has made it their mission to support the American Red Cross after the death of their daughter.

"She just left an imprint on so many, not just here at our church, but in the community and in surrounding communities just with her story and show she fought," says church friend Kim Jaynes.

Hannah Grace Broyles died in June of 2006 after suffering nearly three years from neuroblastoma cancer, a rare type of childhood cancer. She was only eight when she passed, but the memories she left with her parents are something they're truly thankful for.

"Even though she was real sick, she was full of life," says father Jeffery Broyles.

"That's what we hold on to and that's what we cherish and we're just thankful for the years we had with her," says mother Teena Broyles.

During treatments, Hannah spent many days in pain and lost a lot of blood.

Members of Grace Brethren Church in Washington County, Tennessee, where Hannah and her parents attended, decided they wanted to help the Broyles family. They created the annual Hannah Grace blood drive.

"This is just a wonderful way I thought to give back to them in her memory," says Kim.

And for the past eight years Hannah's memory has lived on through the support of those who come donate every June. Each year the family sees first-time donors, and although it varies from year to year, they usually can expect more than 30 people. It's a day Hannah's mother Teena says serves as a reminder of the great person she was.

"I know she's smiling down on us today and we'd just like to say we appreciate those that have come out, and, you know, if you can't give today, you can give somewhere else," adds Teena.

The American Red Cross says blood donations during the summer months are low.

You can get in touch with your local Red Cross chapter by going to this link: http://www.redcross.org.

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