Patrick Sharrock organizes blood drive weeks after latest hospital stay
A local "superhero" is working to save other people's lives, like others have done for him.
We've followed 15-year-old Patrick Sharrock's story for years. Patrick has brittle bone disease.
He was released from the hospital a few weeks ago after his latest life-threatening stay.
"He was on life support, partial life support, he was on a ventilator," Patrick's mom Cindy Sharrock said.
Now he's out and already helping others. His family worked with Blood Assurance to organize a blood drive Thursday at the Walmart in Fort Oglethorpe.
"Hot, but otherwise great," Patrick said while laughing.
He needed two pints of blood to help him survive his latest hospital stay.
"Thanks to the people that donated blood, I live again."
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."
You might remember the Sharrock's from Extreme Makeover Home Edition in 2011. We were there as the community came together to help build their dream home.
"I don't think I will ever meet the 6,800 volunteers who came and built our house, but I have felt their love over the last month," Cindy said.
"I'm going to become a superhero," Patrick said while being filmed back in 2011.
Now, the little superhero is growing into a young man. Thursday was his first day of school as a sophomore at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High.
When asked how he manages everything Patrick said, "Root beer, sugar and pure willpower."
His mom said, "he's determined to move on. He's determined to get better."
Patrick says he will never stop fighting. He's looking forward to a second year of being his class president and continuing his volunteer work.
You can go to any Blood Assurance location and donate in his honor.