Manoela Dos Santos – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The first blood drive of 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday.  To register, Mustangs must be 16-years-old or older and acquire parent permission.

Students still have the opportunity to sign up during their lunch periods Monday, Jan. 29 for a donation time slot. To ensure a safe and successful donation experience it is important for donors to nourish, hydrate, and rest well.

Students are urged to eat a healthy meal and drink at least 16 ounces of water the morning of the drive. Each donor will donate approximately a pint of blood, which has the potential to save as many as three lives.

Blood drive committee vice-president Claudia Estevez, sophomore, shared, “If you are donating make sure to eat a good breakfast to maintain your strength throughout the course of the day.”

It is also important to maintain a healthy iron level leading up to the day of the donation.  Eating iron-rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, and spinach will help boost your iron count. If a person’s iron-count is low, he or show will not be able to donate.

It takes 24 hours after donating to replace plasma from the donation and up to six weeks for complete restoration of red cells. For this reason, student athletes should wait about 12 hours before resuming strenuous exercise.

Over 100 donations were made in the last LRHS blood drive, and the school’s Blood Drive Committee expects the turnout to be just as large. They are hoping to see many new faces, as well as people who came last time.

Blood drive dedicated to BUBBA Foundation

Anna Stock – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) -The January 30 LRHS blood drive will honor the “Buckle Up for Bubba and Bswag Association” (BUBBA) Foundation.

The BUBBA foundation is an organization honoring Brett Wagner and Josh Rogers, two LRHS seniors killed in a car crash in 2011.

The two senior boys were driving to a store on Christmas day just a couple miles from their home when a car merging into their lane struck them. The back end of their car was clipped, spinning the car and then causing it to flip. Both boys, without seatbelts, were thrown out of the car, and taken to the hospital.  They were already dead before they arrived.

The BUBBA Foundation is now dedicating time to talking to crowds of people, especially teens, with their main goal to convince people to buckle up.

On the BUBBA Foundation website, they encourage people to share their stories and get involved to help save lives and honor Wagner and Rogers.

Texas Rangers catcher and LRHS alumnus Michael Ohlman, who wears his seatbelt, shares an example of the progress BUBBA has made and he said it saved his life.

“I always wear [the BUBBA bracelets],” Ohlman said, “And I remember to buckle up.”

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