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Blood drive and basketball tournament for Marshfield teenager with rare disease

MARSHFIELD – Shoot hoops and donate blood for a cause during the Points and Pints ​​for Patrick event, which aims to help those affected by aplastic anemia, a rare disease.

A Boston Children’s Hospital blood drive and 3-on-3 basketball tournament inspired by Patrick McLaughlin, a 16-year-old Marshfield resident with the disease, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday October 15 at the Marshfield Boys. & Girls Club, 37 Proprietors Drive.

The event will raise awareness and money for those undergoing treatment.

Patrick was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in June. People with the disease stopped producing enough new blood cells, leaving the body fatigued and more prone to infections and uncontrolled bleeding. Treatment can include medications, blood transfusions, and stem cell transplants.

The event will begin with a blood drive for Boston Children’s Hospital from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The basketball tournament will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Marshfield Boys & Girls Club CEO Jim Bunnell said the McLaughlin family had been active with the organization for years. Patrick’s older brother, Liam, works at the club and his parents are volunteers.

“Their roots are in the Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield,” he said. “Patrick shows great courage.”

Bunnell said he admired the patience Patrick showed during his treatment and said he was an inspiration to other patients battling blood disorders. Friends, classmates and others all rally around family, Bunnell said.

Patrick plays for the varsity basketball team at Marshfield High School, which inspired the tournament. There will be children’s teams, family teams, police and fire teams, as well as other organizations that form teams. There will also be food, music and auctions to raise funds.

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“A lot of good things will happen at the same time,” Bunnell said. “They are all mobilizing around this event.”

To make an appointment to donate blood, visit bostonchildrens.org/halfpints and use the referrer code “BGCM”.

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