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Give blood, stay healthy

Senior Ivy Stearn poses for a photo after donating blood.

Senior Ivy Stearn poses for a photo after donating blood.

Abigail Jager

Senior Ivy Stearn poses for a photo after donating blood.

Abigail Jager

Abigail Jager

Senior Ivy Stearn poses for a photo after donating blood.

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Stephen Decatur’s first blood drive of the 2018-2019 school year occurred on Friday, Nov. 9. Many students and faculty, including Principal Thomas Sites, donated blood during the drive. For every pint of blood given, three lives have the potential to be saved. The Key Club has been an adamant supporter of the Delmarva Blood Bank, allowing all blood donations to be given to them.  

Different factors such as underlying diseases, nervousness, and high blood sugar can cause one to become unfit to donate.  

However, this heroic act has many requirements, such as being the age of 17 or above, not having any tattoos or piercings within the last year, and the participant must not have any underlying health issues that can contaminate the blood.   

Third time blood donor Thomas Sites was seen donating blood and giving back to his community. Sites described his experience as “nice and easy,” and explained how he found out donating was good for older men because it replenishes and rejuvenates their bodies. Business Department Chairman Kurt Marx was also found donating blood. Marx has been an avid donor for the past twenty years.   

Although many students did easily give blood, some did not experience the process as effortlessly. Senior Eve Watsky did not have the chance to participate in donating blood. Watsky had described how her prior donation had taken around twenty to thirty minutes, however, this year’s blood drive took over an hour to complete. Due to her attendance at the Technical High School in the afternoon, she was unable to wait any longer to donate blood.  

Senior, Rachel Timchula, had a positive participation in donating blood. Rachel stated, “it was a great experience; the staff was nice, and the donuts were good.”  

Even though the experience may have not been pleasant for all, the motive of donating blood has been consistent throughout; the act of saving lives.

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