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Fundraiser to help DPPD officer's daughter

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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The Deer Park Police Department is rallying support for the daughter of one of its own. Peyton Williams, the 2-year-old daughter of officer Brandon Williams suffers from sickle cell anemia. DPPD is hosting a barbecue fundraiser and blood drive to offset expenses.

Brandon and PeytonPeyton, aged 2, is fighting sickle cell anemia. Her father, Brandon, is a four-year veteran of the Deer Park Police Department. Photo provided by DPPD.To help a fellow officer offset expenses as his daughter battles sickle cell anemia, the Deer Park Police Department is hosting a barbecue fundraiser and blood drive Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, 2921 Center St. The Deer Park Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is co-organizing the fundraiser and blood drive.

The event benefits DPPD Officer Brandon Williams and his daughter Peyton. The 2-year-old was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at birth. The disease is a severe hereditary form of anemia in which a mutated form of hemoglobin distorts the red blood cells into a crescent shape at low oxygen levels.

“She’s been fighting it since birth and it has progressively given her complications,” said Sheila Plovanich, DPPD community liaison and one of the co-organizers of the event.

“She has great family support and they do what they can,” she said. “A few of our officers came together and started all of this and it’s kind of sprouted from there.”

There will also be two donor coaches from the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

“If anyone wants to donate blood, it doesn’t matter what blood type,” Plovanich said. “The donations will be made in Peyton’s name.”

Plovanich said Peyton needs monthly blood transfusions for treatment.

The event will also have a bake sale, silent auction and a gun raffle.

For more information, contact Plovanich at 281-930-2118. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to pre‐order sandwiches or whole briskets or set an appointment to give blood.