Midlands boy dedicates his birthday party host a blood drive for others

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A 12-year-old Columbia boy used his birthday to give back to others.

Braden Green, who suffers from Sickle Cell Anemia, dedicated his birthday party to host a blood drive to raise awareness on Saturday.

Braden's parents started a support group for Sickle Cell Disease called "The B Strong Group." The group was started in honor of Braden to spread awareness and empower those who have Sickle Cell disease.

Back in 2015, Braden needed a blood transfusion and Braden's mom, Brenda Green, says she believes that blood transfusion saved her son's life which is what inspired her to help others similar to Braden.

"It is so important when you donate blood because I was on the receiving end with my child, it can save a child's life," Brenda said. "It could save a mothers life. It can make a child with Sickle Cell disease have less pain and give them the ability to go to school to play to have fun with their friends."

Braden hosted his party at Caughman Road Park. The American Red Cross and DHEC were at the birthday party to help with the blood donations.

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