In early 2018, Payton Granberry was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia (SAA) at the age of 12. Aplastic Anemia causes the body to stop producing blood cells and start destroying current cells which results in low red blood cells, low platelets and a low immune system. After trying blood transfusions and immunosuppression therapy, it was determined that Payton would need a bone marrow transplant.
With the help of Be The Match, Payton found her perfect donor match. After many days in the hospital and over 250 needle pokes, Payton started her bone marrow transplant. On August 16, 2018, Payton had her “re-birthday” 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! We are inspired by Payton’s strength and positivity!
Payton is the daughter of Brandon Granberry, GSG VP of Operations, and Stephanie Granberry, GSG Credit Manager, and the granddaughter of GSG President Mark Granberry.