Blood Drive Drives Students to Give

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Aiden Gamble

Though not yet the ‘season of giving’, dozens of kids decided to make the ultimate sacrifice- their life.

Okay, well not their life exactly, but something as close to life as most will ever get. A common sight, something seen from falling off a skateboard to cutting your hand during cooking. Blood.

HOSA was in charge of administering the third TMHS blood drive with St.Luke’s hospital, giving the hospital much needed blood donations while giving the students an opportunity to give back to their community.

“It’s just a community service,” HOSA sponsor Christian Owens said. “It’s a really easy way to just give back to the community.”

HOSA expects to have another blood drive on April 26th, thus giving a chance for students who were either busy or underage during the fall event a chance to participate.

“Last year we only had about 34 people do it,” Owens said. “But this year with the number of seniors and kids over 17, we’d hoped to double our numbers. So far, we’ve had about 75 kids sign up and at least 50 come in right now.”

Each student donation saves around three lives as each donation is broken up into three components: red blood cells [RBCs], plasma and platelets which are then sorted and given according to need.

“We process blood into the three components [platelets, RBCs and plasma], ” Doctor David Perez said.  “Red blood cells usually last longer than things like plasma, so we often get more of the latter so we can have it in storage.”

Blood’s potential to go bad coupled with the amount of blood that is used during things like transfusions makes blood a valued commodity in the medical field. Yet many legal donors refuse to give because of a misconception on the pain of donating.

” The needle hurt a bit going in,” senior Ian McMenemy said. “But after that it didn’t hurt too much. Physically, it did feel a bit weird since you can feel the blood and the needle, but that was all overcome by that fact that I was giving to others.”

St. Luke’s does approximately 50 to 350 schools each year, which brings in a large overall total of blood once kids actually hunker down and think of the impact they might actually have on someone’s life.

“I wanted to do this at least once in my life,” senior Carson Cotrino said. “So, I figured, since I’ll be helping save some lives, why not now?”