By Olivia Lawson, Cecilia Cardenas-Perez and Alex Ford

(Art by Alex Ford)

The Umatilla High School Key Club’s goal was 25 units of blood during their blood drive on March 1st. They surpassed that goal and reached 33 units. The blood drive consists of people volunteering during the school day to give their blood to people in need.

“Some of the things you can do to prepare before you donate blood: drink a ton of water, eat iron enriched food, get a good night of sleep, and eat a healthy meal before the donation,’’ Key Club Adviser Mr. Chris Early said.

Mr. Early and his club also helped manage the blood drives that are held annually at Umatilla High School.

To start off, I contact the Red Cross and set the dates for the year, We typically do two blood drives. Usually the first week of November and the second week of March,’’ Mr. Early said.

The Red Cross reports, roughly half of donations are donated by schools, companies and places of worship.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.69 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment. Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types, especially type O.

“I’ve run across a few people that just shouldn’t, I don’t know if they have, like, a metal allergy, Some people… A lot of people don’t react well to the needles,” Mr Early said.

Potentially one pint of blood can save three people. So the Umatilla Key club had enough blood donated to save almost 100 people, since one unit is about one pint.  Mr. Early said he was planning to have a third blood drive the year on May 25. They are having students recruit donors now.

Facts from the Red Cross:

Blood makes up 7% of the weight of a human body.

The amount of blood donors in the U.S is 6.8 million.

The most needed blood type in hospitals is type O because it’s known as a universal donor due to it’s ability for any blood type to accept.

One of the rarest blood type is AB-.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year.

A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.