by Lauren Silverman '17
Saving someone’s life sounds like a daunting task that can only be accomplished by people of a certain age and experience. Fortunately, Fontbonne is making it easier than ever for teenagers to get involved. The Blood Drive, sponsored by Friends for Life and Bonnies for Health, will take place on Monday, March 21 from 8:30am to 1pm. Registration will be open March 14-15 in the cafeteria during lunch periods. Forms will appear on the school website later this week.
The event is being sponsored by the New York Blood Center.
In order to participate, students have to meet three requirements. They must be at least 16 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be healthy both on the day of the drive and in general. You may only donate during a resource or lunch period. Prior to donation, remember to eat well and stay hydrated.
In 2015, more than 30 girls participated in Fontbonne’s Blood Drive. One of those donors was Farah El-Choum ‘16. “I never really gave donating blood a thought but after I realized that I can save up to 3 people's lives, I began looking forward to doing it.”
Someone in the United States needs blood every 2 seconds. Donating blood is a noble act that can aid people in desperate need of a transfusion. “Blood is essential for life. 1 in 3 people will need blood in their lifetime,” says Ms. Connolly, moderator of the Friends for Life club. “Donating just one pint of blood has the potential to save up to 3 lives. Fontbonne students have always been so generous in donating, and we expect the same this year.” According to American Red Cross, more than 1 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Many of these people will need blood during treatment, sometimes every day. By donating blood you may help someone fight a disease or even recover from an accident.
If you are interested in helping those in need, register for the blood drive!
Bonnies for Health is moderated by Mrs. Essex and Mrs. Ganser. Friends for Life is moderated by Ms. Connolly and Mrs. O’Donnell.
For more information on donating blood, click here.
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