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Bowman students donate blood

Posted: March 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Bowman High School student Kenneth Bedford shows off his shirt as part of the recent blood drive at the school campus. A total of 23 pints were donated at the daylong drive that benefit Providence Holy Cross.

 


Minutes after Providence Holy Cross had set up the Blood Mobile in Bowman’s front parking lot, students were already gathered to fill out the paperwork so they could donate blood.

When asked their reasons for wanting to donate blood, the students’ answers varied, but focused on the opportunity to help others.

“Because I want to help others,” Katrice Smith said.

“I like the fact that it will save someone’s life later,” David Guerrero said while filing out his paperwork.

“There are people out there who need help and I’d like to be the person to help them,” Kenneth Bedford said.

Some students mentioned more personal reasons for donating.

“My friend went through a surgery a couple of weeks ago. If it hadn’t been for the transfusions he’d received, he wouldn’t have made it,” Matt Hubbard said after swallowing a mouthful of juice.

“My grandpa had cancer, and my dad gave him blood. I thought it would be nice if I could do the same for somebody else, ” Mareg Nazarian said.

Providence Blood Donor Recruiter Sandy Hiberger said a total of 23 pints were donated. Every pint saves three lives, meaning 69 lives will be saved with the help of Bowman students, teachers and staff and William S. Hart Union High School District employees.

Schools and groups interested in having a blood drive can contact Sandy Hibarger at (818) 926-6245 or sandy.hibarger@
providence.org.

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