Csenge Csicsek – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Blood Drive Committee has been very successful throughout the school year, hosting four opportunities to donate blood.
During the April 4 blood drive, the last of the school year, 66 students donated, which can add up to 198 lives saved. The total number of units collected for the 2018-2019 school year was 356, plus five more from the spring fling event.
One Blood organizer Carmelina Velez commented on the process of what happens after the blood is donated. “Blood donated at the high school will likely be transfused into a patient within 48 to 72 hours. The turnaround is fast, the need is constant.”
Senior Cameron Leffert was one of the donors.
“I just love the opportunity to be able to help other people out,” he said.
LRHS blood drive committee adviser and keyboard teacher Rebekah Lester said, “Senior applicants for scholarships are currently being accepted for One Blood and Bubba Saves Lives, totaling over $4,000. Seniors who have helped the past three years with the Blood Drive Committee are encouraged to apply before April 18. A high donor scholarship is selected as well.”
The LRHS blood drives are encouraged by the “Buckle Up for Bubba and Bswag Association” (BUBBA) Foundation, an organization in honor of Brett Wagner and Josh Rogers. The two mothers of the former LRHS students formed this organization after they lost their children in a fatal car accident in 2011, on Christmas day, on the corner of Rye Road and State Road 64.