Every two seconds someone needs blood. Blood is needed daily for surgeries and medical procedures, cancer treatments, and emergencies. The need here in the Chicagoland area is great. So PMSA students stepped up to the plate this week to do their part by hosting their annual mobile blood drive.
On Wednesday, May 11th, students, teachers, and community members filled PMSA’s multi-purpose room to donate and to learn more about the process and need for blood donation.
“We come to PMSA each year with our blood drive in order to educate students and to encourage them to start donating at a young age so that it continues throughout their lives,” said LifeSource supervisor Joanne Vasquez. “The event is always a success.”
PMSA’s staff also got involved.
“I donate blood every time they’re here,” said PMSA maintenance staff member Mr. Stockdale. “My mother needed blood when she got ill. So, I figured if she needed it, there are many other people out there who may need it. I figured I can help someone else. That’s why I started giving blood, and I’ve been donating ever since.”
During the drive students learned that when you donate blood, the body regenerates new cells. The old cells are donated to someone in need. After exploring the idea, PMSA students sat side-by-side with commitment to the cause.
“I just turned 16,” said PMSA sophomore Susan Rios of Melrose Park. “Now that I have the opportunity to donate, I’m going to do it. I just want to help someone who needs it.”
PMSA junior Amanda Jones of Forest Park said, “This is my second time giving blood. I thought it would be a great thing to do. I’m a healthy person. So I am giving blood cells to someone who needs them.”
According to Vasquez, PMSA students, faculty, and staff have helped to save hundreds of lived over the years. At this year’s event, they helped to save 150 more.