LONDONDERRY — He is working on earning his Eagle award, and thinks of a close cousin for inspiration.
Brian Sullivan, 16, a junior at Londonderry High and member of Boy Scout Troop 426, hosted a community health fair/blood drive Oct. 12 at the high school.
The event was Brian's Eagle Scout project that included a lot of strong family ties.
A Boy Scout since he was about 10, Brian said a cousin injured while serving in the military made him think about ways to do good things in the community to earn his Eagle.
"(My cousin) lost a lot of blood, everyone was praying for him," Brian said. "Because of people who gave blood, he got better and made a full recovery."
That led to the teen's mission to earn his Eagle while honoring his cousin.
"I looked at that and thought this is important and a way to help," he said.
Brian began to organize his health fair and blood drive. The American Red Cross came on board for the blood drive aspect; the Scout sent out information to seek health fair representatives and found a long list of all things health, food, and fitness to bring information to the event.
That included nutrition, yoga, eye care, skin care, cooking, and many more, setting up displays in the high school foyer.
Brian said he also reached out to his own high school community, speaking at a recent pep rally and also offering information to area churches and other organizations.
For the Scout, it's a way to learn about leadership, taking initiative and doing a project that not only earns him the highest honor a Boy Scout can attain, but also helps the community.
He will appear before the official Eagle Scout board prior to receiving his official honor.