Brentwood Home Page news reports Today High Hopes, the Brentwood-based non-profit preschool and pediatric therapy clinic, and the American Red Cross will host a very special if very untypical 14thbirthday party for Barrett at High Hopes, 1647 Mallory Lane, just north of Moores Lane. Along with birthday cake and all the normal party fare, a blood drive is taking place in his honor from noon to 5 p.m.
Just ask anyone who knows him, and they’ll tell you Barrett Patton is not your typical teen. Some of his biggest fans say he’s the kind of person who never met a stranger. His charisma and attitude have impacted many throughout the Williamson County community.
Today High Hopes, the Brentwood-based non-profit preschool and pediatric therapy clinic, and the American Red Cross will host a very special if very untypical 14th birthday party for Barrett at High Hopes, 1647 Mallory Lane, just north of Moores Lane. Along with birthday cake and all the normal party fare, a blood drive is taking place in his honor from noon to 5 p.m.
Barrett’s story began when he and his twin brother Bailey were born 12 weeks premature. Shortly after their birth, Barrett was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Due to his limited mobility, in recent years Barrett developed a curvature of the spine that has caused health issues.
To gain a better quality of life, the Franklin teen will undergo a spinal fusion surgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital at the end of March. During his surgery, doctors anticipate he may need blood. Barrett receives therapy High Hopes and attended the preschool as a young child.
When Lori Ogden, Director of Development, found out Barrett may be in need of blood products during surgery, she worked with the High Hopes staff to host a Red Cross blood drive in his honor.
“We can’t all go to St. Louis, but we want to give our part and show our support,” said Ogden. “We want to honor Barrett so that he can feel our love and our hugs and all of us around him.”
When Barrett heard about the outpouring of support for him and that a blood drive would be held on the birthday he shares with his twin brother Bailey, he was moved.
“For every person in this world there are only a few places where they will feel true love and support. High Hopes is one of those places for me,” said Barrett. “This blood drive only causes my love and appreciation for this entire organization and its people to grow immensely.”
Barrett’s mother, Jennifer, is also touched by the community response. “It’s very moving and I feel very thankful for anyone who would be willing to give a part of them to help Barrett during his surgery. It’s very emotional,” she said.
All are invited to join in the celebration today and to show their support of Barrett by donating blood.
Walk-in donors are welcome.