The online newspaper of Canyon High School

The Eagle's Tale

The online newspaper of Canyon High School

The Eagle's Tale

The online newspaper of Canyon High School

The Eagle's Tale

Benefits of donating blood

Students can save lives and earn a graduation cord
Sophomore+Makalyn+Lee+donates+blood+at+the+Winter+2024+Blood+Drive.+%E2%80%9CDonated+blood+assists+in+a+lot+of+medical+procedures+like+surgery+or+after+traumatic+accidents%2C%E2%80%9D+Key+Club+co-sponsor+Lance+Culbert+said.+%E2%80%9COne+of+the+things+that+I+did+not+realize+until+recently+is+that+blood+and+platelets+are+given+to+a+lot+of+cancer+patients+that+are+undergoing+chemotherapy+because+their+blood+counts+go+down+because+of+the+chemotherapy.%E2%80%9D
Ashlyn Harvell
Sophomore Makalyn Lee donates blood at the Winter 2024 Blood Drive. “Donated blood assists in a lot of medical procedures like surgery or after traumatic accidents,” Key Club co-sponsor Lance Culbert said. “One of the things that I did not realize until recently is that blood and platelets are given to a lot of cancer patients that are undergoing chemotherapy because their blood counts go down because of the chemotherapy.”

Teacher Lance Culbert helps coordinate blood drives with Coffee Memorial Blood Center as a co-sponsor for Key Club. He said he enjoys the blood drives and getting to see people give but also said he has personal experience with a family member needing blood after a procedure.

“Donated blood assists in a lot of medical procedures like surgery or after traumatic accidents,” Culbert said. “One of the things that I did not realize until recently is that blood and platelets are given to a lot of cancer patients that are undergoing chemotherapy because their blood counts go down because of the chemotherapy.”

Research shows that blood transfusions for chemotherapy patients can mean the difference between feeling absolutely horrible and feeling better just by having those blood products.

“Last year, my dad had a heart valve replacement. And he received blood products during his surgery,” Culbert said. “Without blood products, he probably would have died. Now he is on blood thinners, and so he cannot donate blood. But before he started taking blood thinners, he actually had given gallons of blood. Not just pints, like over the course [of his life] he had given over 100 times.” 

Not only can students help people in their area, or even their peers who are involved in car accidents because of road conditions this time of year, but seniors who have donated 6 times in their high school career are eligible to receive an honor cord from the Coffee Memorial Blood Center that can be worn at graduation. 

“It [receiving a cord] is not something that is done automatically, you have to go to the website and sign up,” Culbert said. “They count all of your donations to Coffee Memorial and they deliver the honor cords about a week before graduation.” 

The winter blood drive is taking place in the upper commons today through seventh period. To be eligible to donate, students under the age of 17 must have a signed parent consent form, and weigh at least 125 pounds. For students 18 and older, a parent consent form is not needed, and the donor must weigh at least 110 pounds. Regular donations usually take one full class period and half of a second class period. If students want to do double donations that will be two full class periods and part of a third.

On the day students donate they need a photo ID and they will fill out the medical questionnaire by scanning the QR code on the sign up sheet. 

To prepare for the blood drive students should:

  • Get a good night’s sleep, you want to be well rested.
  • Eat a good breakfast, you need to have energy so you feel well afterwards. 
  • Stay hydrated and drink water throughout the day, this makes your veins easy to find, and lowers the risk of feeling faint.

For students who are not feeling well, please wait to donate! Students should not feel pressured to keep their appointments if they are not feeling well. The last blood drive of the year is towards the end of march, and students can donate then.

The next blood drive will be in March.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Alizae Reveles, Staff Reporter
Hello! My name is Alizae and this will be my third year in Journalism, and my first year on the Newspaper staff. I also compete on the Journalism UIL team in Editorial Writing; although I do plan on doing more events. Outside of journalism, I am a 3 year varsity wrestler and I run Track here at the high school. In my free time I like to hangout with my siblings and friends. If you know me, you know that my brothers and sisters are everything to me, and I love them with my whole heart. :) I am looking forward to a great year with a bunch of wonderful stories!!
Ashlyn Harvell, Associate Editor
Hello! I'm Ashlyn Harvell and I am the Associate Editor of both the Eagles Tale Newspaper and Soaring Wings Yearbook. This is my fourth year in Journalism and I am excited for the new challenges to come. Outside of the publications, I participate in band, soccer, UIL Journalism, and enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Comments (0)

All The Eagle's Tale Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *