DES MOINES, Iowa LifeServe Blood Center would like to congratulate the 2013 high school graduates who donated one gallon before graduating from high school!
The following local student(s) are being recognized as 2013 Gallon Grad(s):
AUSTIN S SAWYER, Grundy Center High School
SAMUEL P MC KENDREE, Grundy Center High School
In order to become a Gallon Grad, students had to make eight whole blood or four double red cell blood donations before graduation. Achieving this milestone required a large commitment from these students who took time from their busy schedules to give blood at their high school blood drives, at community blood drives, or at a LifeServe donor center. Each of these students made a significant contribution to their community by helping to save the lives of approximately 24 different hospital patients.
People who begin donating blood at a young age often build a life-long habit of making life-saving blood donations. By understanding the importance of donating blood now, they are likely to continue donating blood in the future, which will help to maintain a stable blood supply.