By Jason Gastrich
The American Red Cross and Asians For Miracle Marrow Matches visited the LAC on April 10 to take blood from students and sign them up for bone marrow donations.
Crystal Winston, 25, a kinesiology major, said, “I’m happy. I get to save three lives. I just squeezed a ball three times and it didn’t hurt. The only thing that hurt was getting my finger pricked,” she said.
Amy Papageorges, the senior acting manager of the American Red Cross, said they collected about 75 donations. She was pleased with the amount of units and said it was similar to past collections.
Karen Plaza, 19, a nursing student, said, “They found my vein on the first time.” Plaza was nervous because she didn’t know if they’d be able to find her vein, but she said it took about 30 minutes and no problem occurred.
Unlike the last blood drive, this time a bone-marrow collection company visited. Hispanic outreach and recruitment coordinator Sara Arroyo said about 20 people signed up for the registry. Their table connected them with potential student donors, but the donations are taken at a later date.
The next campus blood drive is Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2 at the LAC.