Mustangs eager to save lives

Lauren Wood– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Wednesday saw the first LRHS blood drive of 2017, and many signed up to give back to the community.

Senior Hailey Barns, President of the Blood Drive Committee, said, “It feels really good knowing that we are able to help and put on an event that everyone can benefit from. I encourage everyone to try and donate because it’s for a very good cause.”

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LRHS junior Rene Vella gives blood

Every pint one person donates saves three lives. Over 150-200 students signed up to give blood this year, with many students returning to donate again.

Senior Zach Spade donated blood for the first time with the intention to help others in need.

“I’m not donating for anyone in particular, but I hope someone makes good use out of it,” he said humorously, “It feels good to help other people, and if they have another blood drive I will definitely be doing it again.”

Senior Mitchell Schumerman, who donated for the fourth time, “My mom did it, and I want to fall in her steps because I just like giving back. It makes me feel good that I’m helping a lot of people in need of blood, and I know more feel the same.”

Junior Rene Vella has given blood seven times since his first donation as a sophomore. “I love the blood drive, honestly. I like giving back just because I can.”

The next blood drive will take place in March. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Blood Drive Committee coordinator and LRHS science teacher Maria Whalen in room 412.