11-year-old to host blood drive Saturday
by Dianna Wray
April 28, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2011 at 11:28 p.m.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Blood drive in honor of Hattie Marshall
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Upwards Field behind Northside Baptist Church, 4100 N. Laurent St.
Ferrell Vick may look like a typical 11-year-old, but on Saturday he's out for blood.
Ferrell has been a member of Upwards, a sports organization run by Northside Baptist, since he was 6 years old.
Last month, when he learned that Hattie Marshall, a fellow church member and the wife of Ferrell's first Upwards coach, had been diagnosed with cancer, he decided he wanted to do something to help.
"I can't drive and I'm not allowed to cook without my parents permission, so I decided to organize a blood drive," Ferrell said with a grin.
He contacted Michelle Ferguson, a donor recruitment consultant at South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. Ferguson told him they could only send a bus for the drive if he got 25 volunteers to sign up.
Ferrell talked to family friends and church members, reading them a letter he wrote himself. He got 37 volunteers.
Ferguson said it's pretty uncommon to see a person Ferrell's age organizing a blood drive.
"So many kids that age are consumed with sports or with movie stars, and here he is trying to make the world a better place. It's very inspiring," Ferguson said.
Marshall doesn't actually need blood donations right now, Ferrell said. He wanted to hold the blood drive to honor her.
"He said he wanted to do this in honor of her because life is important to her," Ferrell's mother, Dania Vick said.
When Ferrell said he wanted to hold a blood drive, she and his father, Garlan Vick, stepped back and let him handle it.
"We're so proud," she said.
Now, Ferrell is just crossing his fingers that all of the people who volunteered to give blood will show up.
"I'm excited and nervous," he said.