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Battle of the Badges sets lofty goal for sixth annual event

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Lennon Kimsey

Lennon Kimsey is the honoree of this year’s Brentwood blood drive.  

The sixth annual Battle of the Badges competition returns to Brentwood on Aug. 21 and 22 at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library.   

The community donated 274 pints during the 2018 blood drive which helped 822 patients. This year’s goal is to collect more than 293 pints of blood and platelet donations to help those like Lennon Kimsey, who is the honoree of this year’s Brentwood blood drive.  

Kimsey, a 3-year-old Brentwood resident, has been at war with Leukemia since January. He wants to be a police officer when he grows up and loves the Brentwood Police Department. 

Several officers recently visited Kimsey to present him with his own Brentwood police uniform that he can wait to wear to the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. 

“People who donate blood are lifesavers,” Kimsey’s mom, Kelly said. “He would not be able to complete the chemo treatment without blood transfusions.”

The Battle of the Badges will start on Aug. 21 from noon- 6 p.m. It will continue Aug. 22 from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. The Brentwood Library is located at 8109 Concord Road.

The #BattleoftheBadges blood drive is a national rivalry among first responder groups to help ensure the blood supply keeps pace with demand during the holidays. Groups participating this year include Brentwood Fire and Rescue and Brentwood Police Department versus the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.    

In addition to helping save lives and supporting local first responders, those who come to give for the Battle of the Badges will receive a Red Cross t-shirt and refreshments, plus many free giveaways, such as Tennessee Titans tickets, Nashville Predators tickets and University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt football tickets. Talk Sports Radio 102.5 The Game will broadcast live on Thursday afternoon.

The winter holiday season is one of the most challenging periods of the year for the Red Cross to collect enough blood and platelet donations. Busy schedules and inclement weather often mean fewer blood donations. However, the need for blood is constant. Every day, regardless of the season, hospital patients need blood or platelets for cancer treatments, lifesaving surgeries or emergency care related to accidents or trauma.

Anyone is welcome to walk in or make an appointment in advance by contacting the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and using sponsor code brentwoodbattleofthebadges

Contact Sara Smyly at ssmyly@blharbert.com or Brentwood Fire and Rescue Assistant Fire Chief David Windrow at david.windrow@brentwoodtn.govfor more information.

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