Blood Drive Helps Teen Living with Disability

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(Millington, TN) After more than a dozen surgeries Mid-Southerners are doing their part to help a young girl who has already faced a myriad of health problems.

15-year-old Jenny Barganier suffers from spina bifida, a disorder that left the teen disabled. She has already had 16 surgeries since birth to help treat it. In about two weeks, the teen is having another round of surgeries where doctors will straighten out her spine.
That's why folks spent the day donating blood, Jenny needs it for the invasive surgery.

“Jenny has been very worried about her surgery and we wanted Jenny to be happy,” said Tina McElveray.

So the teen also spent the day just hanging out with her family and friends. They used the blood drive as a get well soon party.

“I’m a normal teenager. I’m just in a chair,” said Jenny.

And like most teenage girls, Jenny is a fan of Justin Bieber.

“Music is my escape from my stressful life,” said Jenny.

Bieber tunes help her tune out. The family says there is still time to donate blood if you want to help Jenny, too. To donate visit any Life Blood Center and use Jenny’s name. Any blood that isn’t used for Jenny will go towards another child in need.