In early 2018, Payton Granberry, the daughter of GSG VP of operations Brandon Granberry and GSG credit manager Stephanie Granberry and the granddaughter of GSG President Mark Granberry, was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia (SAA) at the age of 12. SAA is a disease where the body stops producing blood cells and destroys them. This destruction causes lower red blood cell counts, fewer platelets, and a compromised immune system. These conditions resulted in Payton needing a bone marrow transplant.
With the help of Be The Match, Payton found a donor. This organization helps patients find life-saving marrow donors and provides support throughout the transplant process. Additionally, it manages the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.
On Aug. 16, 2018, Payton had her “rebirthday” and received stem cells from an unrelated donor. Since her transplant, she hasn’t been hospitalized or needed any blood products. This fall, she will return to junior high as a healthy and vibrant 8th grader, according to Mark. "We are all inspired by Payton’s strength and positivity!"
To honor Payton’s successful battle and raise funds for Be The Match, GSG ordered the creation of a custom color of Siser EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl called Payton Pink. Starting with its release on Sept. 1, all proceeds from the sales of Payton Pink will go directly to Be The Match to help others needing a bone marrow transplant.
For more information on Be the Match, visit bethematch.org.