For the last 11 years, Cynthia Byrd has been honoring the memory of her son, Brandon Lavar Byrd, by devoting herself to charitable causes in his name. This year Lexington Medical Center of Irmo adopted the Brandon Lavar Byrd Christmas Toy Drive to provide toys to needy children through the Salvation Army.

“I give thanks to the community cause without them this wouldn’t be possible,” said Byrd. “It’s all about giving back here.’

The month-long drive which began November 5 has brought in more than 20 bikes and many boxes filled with toys.

Byrd is employed with Lexington Medical Center and has held a fashion show in her son’s name where she raised ten thousand dollars, she’s adopted part of Lake Murray Blvd in Brandon’s name and she plans to do more in her son’s memory.

“I refuse to let his memory dies,” says Cynthia. “My desire is to bless others while remembering Brandon.

Brandon passed away in March of 2007 in a car accident. He was a graduate of Dutch Fork High School and attending Midlands Technical College.

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