The Gift of Life

Junior Jarron Wardell giving blood. Photo by Erin Schroeder


Blood is essential for life, carrying oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, fighting infection, and helping heal wounds. Everyone has this self-generating resource that can be generously given to others, and Wed. Oct. 1, students were able to donate this life-saving source.

“I’ve donated every year since freshman year,” senior Kendall Pauli said. “Whenever I donate I feel like I am doing something good in the world, and it makes me want to continue [the] tradition”.

Donating blood is safe and healthy. In fact, the human body makes up the volume of blood donated in about 24 hours. One blood donation can be broken down into several components, enabling one donation to save up to three patients.

“This year is my first time donating,” junior Victoria Garza said. “I was scared at first, but after I was seated in the chair and they told me what to expect, I loosened up a bit.”

Students who were too young or not informed about the Blood Drive will have another opportunity to donate in Feb.

“I’m definitely donating next year, [it] was an interesting experience and knowing the cause behind it tells me it’s worth every drop of blood,” Garza added.


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