By Andre Barajas
LBCC students gathered in the Nordic Lounge on Wednesday, Sept. 23, each willingly donating blood with the potential to save three lives for each pint received.
About 150 students are estimated to participate in the American Red Cross charity event.
The 2-day event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. and ends Thursday, Sept. 24. Sponsoring the event is LBCC’s Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society chapter, which is well known for its service and recognized scholars.
Other sponsors, which include the Grammy Museum, USC and Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, are in an appreciation to the donors, offering tickets to attend their events.
Many of the students registered online for an appointment to donate blood, however, a majority of the donors are walk-ins.
If a student misses the event, but wishes to contribute, the American Red Cross consistently attempts to set up events at the LAC monthly and encourages students to register online at redcrossblood.org for future events.
Many students are encouraged to rest after donating blood and a light snack is offered to refrain from fatigue.
One LBCC student, Maria Valdez, a freshman, describes her experience as “a bit painful but fulfilling,” all the while, smiling with joy.
The coordinator, Amy Papageorges, in charge of the Red Cross event, was “pleased” to see how much LBCC students truly care for people outside their community.
Also, in coordination with Alpha Gamma Sigma, the Be The Match nonprofit organization is connecting patients with donors who wish to volunteer.
The program matches volunteers with patients who suffer from blood cancer or other blood diseases.
The program and the LBCC students who participate help save many lives of people who suffer from such diseases.
The match is based on a simple cheek swab, which allows researchers to classify the volunteer’s tissue type relative to patient types.
Students may register at join.bethematch.org/swabsocal or contact Julie Korinke, a representative who herself is registered to be matched.