(07/20/2001)
Ryan "Goob" Fitzwater came to the Brooksville Baptist Church during a blood donor day dedicated to his life, surviving a critical situation after a farm tractor rolled on him on July 2. Sources said about 150 people came to the donor station yesterday to give blood in his name.

Ryan "Goob" Fitzwater visits blood station yesterday, along with dad Rick Fitzwater

Brooksville Baptist was a busy place yesterday, with donors and community volunteers

Dozens of church and community volunteers, along with Red Cross workers manned the stations, welcomed donors, took blood and served snacks. A Red Cross worker said "Another family like the Fitzwater's will be celebrating life."

"The turn-out was outstanding," said Sue Williams. More importantly the occasion was used to welcome "Goob" back to the community, which has lifted prayers and shown hundreds of individual efforts in support of the 15-year-old and his family. Today, it was in the giving of blood.

Volunteer Glen Fowler stops for a free hot dog

A large turn-out in honor of Ryan Fitzwater


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