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Chesterfield school host blood drive to honor 12-year-old who died awaiting transplant

Posted at 12:48 AM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 00:51:22-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Family and friends of a Richmond sixth grader who died earlier this year, hosted a blood drive in his honor Wednesday.

Dorian Broyles, 12, passed away from a heart condition on February 12, while awaiting a transplant. The condition, which he had since birth, kept the left part of his heart from fully forming.

Dorian Broyles

Dorian Broyles

Although a donor wasn’t found in time, Dorian’s friends and family are still encouraging people to register to become an organ donor and to donate blood to help other children like Dorian.

The event was held at Dorian's school, Providence Middle, in Chesterfield County.

The blood drive in Dorian’s honor was attended by community members, friends, family, teachers and fellow classmates.

Virginia Blood Services says donating blood can potentially support three lives. According to Donate Life Virginia, an organ transplant donor could save up to nine lives.

April is Donate Life Month. For more information click here.