New Castle County Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Aug. 21.

Maverick Ford Painter entered this world at 1:10 a.m. on September 3, 2018, weighing 1 pound, 14 oz. Maverick was the last of triplets born prematurely to Shane Simmons and Jason Painter, and survives his two siblings, Maddux Ford and Vivian Rose. Since birth, Maverick has been living up to his name and fighting to live with the help of his parents, and blood and platelet donors.

To celebrate Maverick’s first birthday, his parents are partnering with the Blood Bank of Delmarva to hold blood drives in his honor in the week running up to his birthday. By sharing Maverick’s story of survival and thanking those that have already donated for their son, the family hopes to raise awareness for the constant need for blood and platelets.

The week-long celebration will kick-off with a blood drive at Terumo Medical Corporation, where Maverick’s father, Jason Painter, works. Terumo manufactures the equipment used by blood centers to collect life-saving platelets. During the week, blood donors may visit any open community blood drive or BBD’s donor centers. The final blood drive, In Honor of Maverick Blood Drive, will be held the day before Maverick’s birthday, on Saturday, August 31st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hacks Point Fire Company, Earleville, MD, where Maverick’s mother, Shane Simmons, works. Both parents will be present.

The theme is “You are my sunshine,” which Shane sang to Maverick when he was in the NICU. The week-long campaign comes at an important time, as blood donations typically drop over the summer vacation period and particularly heading into the Labor Day holiday. The family hopes Maverick’s story will help the area maintain an adequate blood supply over this historically difficult period.

“We are tremendously grateful to Maverick’s parents Shane and Jason for sharing Maverick’s story to raise awareness for the need for blood and platelet donors,” said Ric Thomas, Senior Executive Director of the Blood Bank of Delmarva. “However, Maverick is not the only one and we need everyone who can to donate blood to help families like his.”

One year ago, Shane and Jason were able to rally the community via social media to give blood and platelets in a big way, attracting major crowds to donor centers across the region. They want to continue to spread the word and celebrate Maverick’s first birthday and one-year milestone in his ongoing fight.

If you would like to donate blood in Maverick’s honor, please call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or click here to book an appointment.

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