Bubba Catterton blood drive Thursday
by The Press and Standard | September 26, 2018 8:54 am
Marshall “Bubba” Catterton was the kind of person would always go out of his way to help someone else, even if he didn’t know them. So after Bubba was tragically killed in an accident in 2016, his family decided to honor him by helping others the way he did.
This year, Bubba’s family will host the Bubba Catterton third annual Memorial Blood Drive for the Red Cross on Sept. 27 from 1-6:30 p.m. at the Walterboro Elks Lodge, 236 Milestone Ln. For information call Norma Weeks, 843-538-8950.
His sister, Kaycee Padgett, who helped create and organize the event, said, “Our blood drive’s slogan is ‘Do it for Bubba’ and ‘I did it for Bubba.’”
During the first blood drive, held just months after Bubba’s death, they collected 47 units of blood. The next year saw more than twice as many donations, with a total of 103 units.
“We’ve gotten a lot of new people involved, some that are scared of needles,” said Hope Hipp, Bubba’s sister. “But they did for Bubba because he would have done it for them.”
The idea for the blood drive came after the family learned that Bubba received more than 40 units of blood in the hours after his accident. He was first transported to a local hospital and then later flown to a trauma center by LifeNet of South Carolina, an Air Methods helicopter air ambulance program. Although Bubba did not survive his injuries, the blood — administered in flight and at the hospital — allowed physicians to attempt surgery, and more importantly, it gave his family the opportunity to say goodbye.
“Had it not been for his flight crew, his EMS crew, his trauma unit crew, we wouldn’t have gotten to say goodbye and tell him we loved him,” said Padgett. “We wouldn’t have gotten that two extra hours with him.”
The blood drive has received an outpouring of support from the local community, including the crews at LifeNet of South Carolina. Last year, the family met with LifeNet to discuss Bubba, the blood drive, the importance of air medical access in rural parts of South Carolina, and why it’s so crucial that blood is available on flights. Research has shown that trauma patients who receive blood right away have better outcomes than those who don’t. That’s why LifeNet, along with all Air Methods brands in the Southeast Region carry blood on every air medical transport.
The LifeNet crew participated in the previous blood drive and plans to be at this year’s drive as well. With growing support from the community, the family hopes to break last year’s donations.
For Padgett and her family, there couldn’t be a more fitting legacy for Bubba. “Even though he’s not here, he is still helping, just like he did when you’d call him to pull you out of the mud, because of the blood we raise every year in his memory and in his honor,” she said.