Harlandale HS gives the gift of blood

For the last eight years, Harlandale HS has partnered with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center to help save lives by donating blood.

According to Harlandale HS health professions teacher Dr. Jose Gomez, the number of donors increases every year. 

“The reason for that is because the students are the ones that promote it,” Gomez said. “The awareness that one pint can save three lives makes a big difference and I feel very proud that our community is getting the benefit of all of this.”

The blood mobile units were only scheduled to visit the campus on Nov. 29, but after having more than 250 donors sign up on the first day, they decided to come back the next day.

“The fact that we added an unscheduled drive for a second day at a high school is unprecedented, it’s a big deal, so we are really thrilled that this happened and there was so much response,” said Julie Vera, spokesperson for the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.

Vera added that the center usually has blood supply worth three days, but they are currently down to one day.

“There is no substitute for human blood,” Vera said. “There is nothing synthetic that people who need blood can get, so the fact that Harlandale is stepping up is really important to us, especially right now that we are facing a bit of a shortage.”

A total of 28 medial assistant students and 18 phlebotomy students assisted with the drive by getting students from classes and helping them sign in.

Harlandale High School senior Tania Marban, an aspiring nurse anesthetist, volunteered at the drive and donated blood. 

“When I was younger my little sister needed blood and I wasn’t able to donate, but she still received blood so I just wanted to give that back,” Marban said.

She was also able to witness the generosity of her peers.

“It’s a really nice experience to see people that actually want to donate,” Marban added. “You see that they are scared but they do it anyways.”

Blood donated helps a variety of different people, varying from victims of trauma, people injured in car wrecks, people who have cancer and are undergoing chemo treatments, people who have rare genetic disorders who need transfusions regularly, and even mothers who need blood after they give birth.

Way to go, Indians!

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