StuCo hosts successful blood drive

StuCo met its goal of 50 units for the Red Cross on Thursday, March 22


By Ally Nguyen

After donating a pint of blood, sophomore Stephanie Madrigal waits for the Red Cross nurse to remove the needle on Thursday, March 22.

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

StuCo collected 50 units of blood on Thursday, March 22 during the semiannual blood drive for the American Red Cross, meeting their goal for the event.

StuCo sponsor Erica Crist was ultimately pleased with the outcome, although she believed that StuCo would have collected “slightly more if we hadn’t had so many activities going on that day.”

By Ally Nguyen
After confirming eligibility, junior Rachel Kurovski donates red blood cells.

A new red blood cell donation procedure was introduced to the student body, which was enjoyable compared to the standard procedure for third-time donor junior Rachel Kurovski.

The red blood cell donation requires two pints of blood, but uses a machine to return platelets and plasma back to the donor. The experience, which was new to Kurovski, went “really well for my first time.”

“I get to get out of class, but I enjoy giving blood because it’s for a good cause,” Kurovski said. “If I was in the hospital, I would want someone to be able to give to me. And luckily for me, I’m O plus, so I can give to anyone.”

As a first-time donor, junior Lindsey Edwards found the experience rewarding.

By Ally Nguyen
Donating blood for the first time, junior Sydney Clarkin lies down in order to finish her donation.

“I had been trying to do it for a few years,” Edwards said. “Originally, I had tried to participate in it because I really believe in organ donation and giving what you have to other people … especially in a medical sense.”

Although donors have experienced some negative immediate effects from donation, Edwards feels that the process is beneficial in the long term.

“Sure, some people pass out,” Edwards said. “But, in the grand scheme of things, it’s worth it to put yourself through this so someone else can benefit.”

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