Young Hurley patient to be honored at send-off

GENESEE TWP. — Archer Granger, 7, a former patient at Hurley Medical Center, will be honored at Tompkins Ace Hardware, 5054 Richfield Rd., on Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) has announced ACE Hardware is the Title Sponsor for the Champions Program. Archer Granger is the CMNH Champion for the state of Michigan.

Ace Hardware staff and customers will greet Archer and his parents as he prepares for his trip to Orlando, Fla. and Washington, D.C. Icons with Archer Granger’s face will be sold at Ace Hardware stores throughout Michigan — the proceeds from our 15-county region will benefit pediatric patients at Hurley, one of only four CMNH hospitals in Michigan.

As part of his Champions tour, Archer’s family will visit Walt Disney World and Washington D.C., Oct. 19-26 visiting other state champions, community leaders and elected officials from Genesee County and beyond.

Additionally, Archer Granger is the focus of an upcoming Proctor & Gamble campaign for Ace Hardware stores in Michigan and a sneak peek of his photo on a product display will be available at the event.

In August, 2009, 5-year-old Archer, of Metamora, was working in a relative’s yard, picking up grass clippings behind a commercial riding mower. Archer got a little too close just as the mower turned, severing 95 percent of his right foot and cutting off one and a half toes on his left foot. Archer had to be airlifted to Hurley Medical Center — the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center north of Detroit.

Doctors immediately went to work reattaching the partial amputation of Archer’s right foot with four surgeries, a skin graft and pins in both feet to repair the broken bones. It took 18 surgeons, several specialists and nearly 40 attendants to save Archer’s feet. The road to recovery was painful but through it all Archer served as an inspiration for others, cheering up other kids in the hospital. — G.G.

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