Students give blood to save lives

The semi-annual FCCLA blood drive will be held on April 20, 2015.

“I think that it is a good habit to help others,” FACS teacher Pat Brant said.

A person can donate blood if they meet a series of requirements. The age requirement is 17 years old, or 16 years old with parent permission. Donors must also weigh at least 110 pounds.

“Some years we have kids that cannot give enough because they are too weak,” Brant said.

If a person is having trouble breathing due to asthma related issues, they are advised not to donate.

People with leukemia, lymphoma or Hodgkin’s disease and other cancers of the blood are not able to donate. A person with other forms of cancer may be eligible if 12 months have passed since the last treatment. The patient have no recurrences or active disease.

A person with a fever, productive cough, or other acute cold symptoms should wait until he or she feels well enough to donate.

A diabetic  person is eligible to donate if the disease is well controlled by diet, non-bovine insulin or oral medications. However if a  person who received bovine insulin manufactured in the United Kingdom is permanently ineligible to donate.

Double red-cell donor may donate every 112 days. A platelet donor may donate every 7 days, up to 24 times a year.

One out of every 10 people that enter a hospital need blood donations.

“I think that it is a really cool how people can donate for a good cause,” sophomore Ashley Niblett said.

Skyline usually collects about 16 units at each blood drive.

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