Tulsa Firefighter Battles Rare Cancer; Hundreds Donate Blood In Response To Shortage

A Tulsa firefighter is battling a rare form of cancer and is in desperate need of blood for his treatment. As people have learned about this, hundreds have been donating to him and others in need.

Thursday, May 11th 2023, 6:21 pm



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A Tulsa firefighter is battling a rare form of cancer and is in desperate need of blood for his treatment.

He's in a Houston hospital and they were low on all types of blood.

As people have learned about this, hundreds have been donating to him and others in need.

Harrison's pastor said Harrison and his wife Mallory just had their second child 11 days ago.

Now, Harrison is fighting for his life, while people fight for him.

Harrison and Mallory met and fell in love a few years ago. Their pastor at First Baptist Church Owasso said they went to the same church and didn't even know it.

"This kid I taught is becoming a teacher in my life," said Pastor Chris Wall.

Harrison was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer last year and needs many blood transfusions.

His wife delivered their second baby girl on May 1, and right afterward, Harrison was rushed to a Houston hospital for emergency treatment because he was losing so much blood.

"He's got a part of his shoulder that has this wound that won't heal," said Wall.

Wall started spreading that MD Anderson was out of blood, specifically the rare O Negative blood, which Harrison needs.

So hundreds and hundreds of people showed up to give.

"It kind of exploded, which is awesome. The blood centers are full now which has been amazing," said Wall.

Pastor Wall said Harrison is getting aggressive treatment in Houston and the family is asking for continued prayers.

Wall even led prayer for all the firefighters and friends at Harrison's station this week.

Wall said Harrison and Mallory are teaching others about faith and strength.

"It's a beautiful picture of the firefighter community and the church community," said Wall.

Even though the Houston hospital has enough blood now, you are still urged to donate any type of blood to help others in Harrison's position.

There is a blood drive at the Owasso Mission center on May 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in honor of Harrison. You can donate to the Oklahoma Blood Institute or the Red Cross any time.

Click here to access Harrison's GoFundMe for medical expenses.

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