Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Oklahoma Blood Institute held a blood and bone marrow drive at the Altus Community Center. A large part of this particular drive were donors participating in support of finding a bone marrow match for Brayden Brewer. Brayden is the 18 year old son of Chris and Banner Brewer, currently of Altus. According to his father, Chris Brewer, Brayden is battling hepatitis-associated aplastic anemia and has been sick since early June.
Brayden began having liver problems in mid-July and tested positive for two viruses. During a liver biopsy it was determined that he had no platelets, no white blood cells, and was hospitalized. He has been hospitalized since July 18 and is currently still hospitalized at OU Medical.
Due to Brayden barely having an immune system at this time, he receives blood and platelets. Chris Brewer says that the doctors haven’t ruled out a bone marrow transplant. That’s why they were at the community center Sept. 1, with friends, co-workers, and supporters trailing in to support Brayden.
Chris Brewer admits that this has been a tough situation for his family.
“We also have a 15 year old daughter, so it’s been tough. My wife has been home only like four days in the last 47 days. It’s stressful,” said Brewer.
Brewer also acknowledges the support his family has received through it all.
“We have great support from the community, work and family. People mow our grass, everything. The support is great,” said Brewer.
There are thousands who face life-threatening diseases and disorders that find their only hope of a cure being in a blood stem cell or marrow transplant. Those patients depend on the Oklahoma Blood Institute’s marrow program to find a donor.
You could be the match and save someone’s life. Financial supports also helps save lives. Visit obi.org for more information.
Reach Tinita at firstname.lastname@example.org