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This teen organized a blood drive in Georgia after getting off life support


Patrick Sharrock, 15, was born with brittle bone disease, a disorder that results in fragile bones that break easily.

Ever since appearing on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in 2011, Sharrock's been trying his best to pay it forward.

Sharrock was reportedly released from a hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 21 after three days on life support due to complications from his condition.

"He was on life support, partial life support, he was on a ventilator," Patrick Sharrock's mother Cindy Sharrock told WTVC Friday. "He's determined to move on. He's determined to get better."

Patrick Sharrock, who is from Rossville, Georgia, is now out, about, and ready to give back to the community.

The Sharrock family worked with Blood Assurance to organize a blood drive on Thursday at the Walmart in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

Denise Smith came from Ringgold to donate blood and support Patrick.

"He's a very special young man," Smith said. "He has survived many things. He's my hero, he's a warrior. I just appreciate everything about him."

Patrick Sharrock said he is grateful for the two pints of blood he needed to survive his hospital stay last month, which helped him reach the start of his sophomore year of high school Thursday.

"Thanks to the people who donated blood, I live again," he said of overcoming his recent health struggles.

Patrick Sharrock joked that “root beer, sugar and pure willpower" are what fuels his daily life, which now includes a second year as his school's class president and ongoing volunteer work.

If you live in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina or Virginia you can go to any Blood Assurance location and donate in Patrick Sharrock's honor.

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