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OneBlood’s buses line up in front of LRHS for the school’s final 2017-18 blood drive

Julianna Catena and Madison Aker – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Over 90 Mustangs have signed up to donate blood Wednesday, making just under 500 Mustangs for the school year. This is a record-breaking year for LRHS.

“We have a lot of people who sign up to donate blood, however, there are always going to be deferrals for iron deficiency but what a lot of people don’t realize is that the people who try to donate and those who do are truly heroes,” stated Tricia Gagliardi, head of the blood drive committee. “The blood that was donated last time was directly donated to school shootings in Florida, like Miami.”

Senior volunteer Jorge Castillo said, “This is my first-time volunteering at the blood drive. I signed up through (LRHS blood drive committee adviser) Mrs. (Rebekah) Lester who is really into helping the community and helping those in need.”

Over 15 helpful volunteers helped the blood drive run smoothly, and assisted donors through this process.

“I’m not scared to donate blood, it’s not my first time. I’ve been donating since last year. The main reason I wanted to donate was because my family has been doing it for a while now, which inspired me to go through this process and help people in need,” commented senior Meladee Johnson.

All donors received a free t-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening.

“We’re proud of our school and our kids, they’re all heroes because they are saving people’s lives,” exclaimed Lester, who is a keyboard instructor at LRHS.

The next blood drive for Mustangs is scheduled for September, but donors can give blood at OneBlood centers every 56 days.

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