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Students, staff participate in Red Cross blood drive

PE teacher Josh Allen patiently waits during his blood donation.

Donating blood only takes 8-10 minutes. Ten students and 13 community members participated in the American Red Cross blood drive in the HHS auxiliary gym Oct. 25.

“Harrisburg High School has partnered with the American Red Cross for many years to support these blood drives,” counselor Emma Lane said.

According to the American Red Cross, each session takes up to 10 minutes, with one pint of blood being able to help up to three people.

“The needle felt like a sharp pinch at first, but it was fine after that.” senior Wilson DeNeal said. 

Unfortunately, not everyone is able to help donate. People with iron deficiencies or previous health conditions are unable to take part due to safety measures.

Food science teacher Eliza Arnold was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, bone marrow cancer, in June 2020.

“The day I first saw an oncologist I received two units of blood. From that day on my life has changed forever. Over the following two years, I received at least a total of 70 units of blood,” Arnold said. “It saddens me to never be able to give back what I have been given.”

Donations of blood are used to help burn victims, cancer patients and people with chronic diseases. 

“My life has been a journey with many twists and turns, but to be back teaching full time is truly a blessing that would not have happened if it wasn’t for the kindness of strangers that took time out of their day for a selfless act. For that I am truly grateful,” Arnold said.

According to the Red Cross, there is still a blood and platelet shortage nationwide with all blood types needed. The next blood drive will be held at Harrisburg District Library Nov. 10 from 1-6 p.m.

“It is truly the gift of life,” Arnold said.

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Leah Haugen is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her first year as a staff member of the Purple Clarion. She participates in Art Club, History Club, and Key Club.  Leah has an interest in psychology and the medical field. In her free time, she watches medical documentaries and regularly researches psychological concepts. After graduation, she plans to attend SIU to obtain a degree in psychiatry. “Student journalism allows others to be up to date on news in their local community and the world around them through the help of their school’s newspaper team.”
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