By: Allyssa Johnson/Co-Editor in Chief and Alec Martin/Co-Social Media Director
On Friday October 26, National Honor Society held its first blood drive of the year. This year, 22 were present at the blood drive, and 17 units were collected. Overall, 51 lives will be saved from our donations.
“I have a lot of blood, and a lot of people need it. I want to do my part, and help as much as I can,” said Junior, Alyssa Williams.
For every pint of blood donated, three lives are saved. Blood is split up into three components, which are plasma, platelets, and red blood cells.
Plasma is the liquid part of blood, and contains the substances necessary to clot blood. It can be used for severe burn patients, to clot blood for hemophiliac’s, patients undergoing transplants, and cancer patients. Nearly four million units of plasma are transferred every year. (Source)
Platelets are cells within the whole blood that helps blood clot and stop bleeding. They help fight cancer, traumatic injuries, and those who suffer from chronic diseases. Over 1 million transfusions happen yearly. Platelets are no longer usable after 5 days. (Source)
Red blood cells help deliver oxygen. Patients undergoing surgery, transplants, and those in cancer treatment. Red blood cells are able to be used for 42 days. (Source)
National Honor Society will be holding a second blood drive later this year. Blood drives have been held through Life Source, but this organization will no longer be holding them. In the future we may look to The Red Cross.