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Upper school partners with Stanford Blood Center to host blood drive

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Anika Maji
Staff from the Stanford Blood Center process blood donations during the blood drive on Jan. 29. The drive took place all throughout the school day in Nichols Atrium.

Upper school seniors and faculty took part in a blood drive organized by junior Sahngwie Yim in partnership with Medical Club and the Stanford Blood Center on Jan. 29.

Staff from Stanford Blood Center conducted the drive, which took place throughout the school day in Nichols Atrium. Seniors over the age of 17 as well as all faculty and staff were eligible to donate blood. Sahngwie, who coordinated the event as part of her Civics project, said her volunteering experiences and interest in the medical field led her to the idea of organizing a blood drive.   

“Blood drives are a really significant way that we as high schoolers and adults and everyday people can help out and make a really significant difference,” Sahngwie said. “I think it was really important to bring that back to the Harker community, especially because there’s a big emphasis on helping others and helping out our community.”

Student donors could register to participate through a link which upper school biology teacher Matthew Harley posted on Schoology. Harker’s 45 donors, including 31 first-time donors, donated a total of 35 units, or pints, of blood, surpassing the drive’s goal of 30 units. According to the Stanford Blood Center, one unit of blood has the potential to save three patients, meaning that the upper school’s total of 35 units of donated blood may help save the lives of over 100 patients.

Mina Okamoto (12) donated blood for the first time and expressed her willingness to help the community.

“I feel very lucky to be a person who is healthy and able to donate blood, and I think there are really no negative effects that I’m incurring, so I might as well do it since I can,” Mina said. 

Seeing so many people, students, teachers and staff donating blood really showed how many people were willing to show up and contribute to the community

— Sahngwie Yim (11)

Blood donations help give blood transfusions to patients with a variety of illnesses and conditions. Patients with blood disorders like sickle cell disease, cancer patients, patients undergoing surgery and trauma patients all may receive blood transfusions. About 6.8 million people donate blood each year in the United States.

“I’m excited to help bring this to the Harker community,” Upper School Division Head Paul Barsky said. “I think it’s wonderful to have real impact and to be good citizens to our community, so I am a big supporter of schools supporting blood drives.” 

With plans to hold another blood drive next year underway, Sahngwie hopes that the next drive will draw more participants and broaden its donor base to include 16-year-olds, who must receive parental consent to donate, as per Stanford Blood Center guidelines.

“I was really touched and grateful for everyone that signed up and donated,” Sahngwie said in an email to Harker Aquila. “I was originally a little worried that we wouldn’t be able to get enough signups, but we kept getting more and more, and I was honestly kind of shocked at how many people signed up. Also, seeing so many people, students, teachers and staff donating blood really showed how many people were willing to show up and contribute to the community.”

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Anika Maji, Reporter
Anika Maji (12) is a reporter for Harker Aquila, and this is her fourth year on staff. This year, Anika hopes to write a more diverse array of pieces and improve her photography skills. In her free time, Anika enjoys playing the piano, reading, and writing.
Claire Bauschlicher (12) is a reporter for Harker Aquila, and this is her fourth year on staff. This year, Claire wants to focus on writing more fun and entertaining soft news to make Aquila a more welcoming and informational site for students on campus. In her free time, she enjoys frequenting cute cafes and watching dramas.

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