Blood drive at Tulsa horse show benefits boy with leukemia

TULSA, Okla. — A community came together during a horse show in Tulsa to support a young boy with cancer.

The National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) hosted a blood drive during a horse show Wednesday at Expo Square in honor of a young boy named Brady Martin. Brady was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in June 2021.

Brady’s family’s horse was recently inducted into the NSBA Hall of Fame, according to the family’s Facebook page documenting Brady’s journey.

His treatment right now is requiring him to receive lots of platelets. The horse group said Brady’s family suggested hosting a blood drive to help others living with the disease.

“We managed to get together with the [Oklahoma Blood Institute] and set up this blood drive in support of Brady. Everyone has been very supportive. I mean, we are maxed out for donations right now for what they can do for us,” said supporter Elizabeth Jakovich. “The horse community is an amazing community. If you give us the vessel we will fill it.”

The family also has a website If you’d like to help or follow Brady’s treatment.