City driven to donate blood

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David L. Wells, City Times

Blood Collection Specialist Denise Green prepares Dominic Shoopmann for donation at Sept. 11 blood drive.

Felisa Leonard

A blood and bone marrow registry drive was held on Sept. 11 from noon to 3 p.m in Gorton Quad.

The San Diego Blood Bank had two bloodmobiles on site staffed with nurses and volunteers ready to take donations from anyone willing to take a prick of the needle for the greater good and fit the criteria for donation.

The San Diego Blood Bank requires that donors be between the ages of 17 and 85, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

Many City students and staff were more than willing to undergo the momentary discomfort necessary to donate such a precious resource.

“People need (blood) and I can always make more. I’m always willing to give,” said Daniell Zeigler, a psychology student.

Denay Scott, a sociology student, has given blood many times and takes pride in that fact.

“I like that I can do something good and (knowing) that my blood will help someone who needs it,” Scott said.

The National Bone Marrow Registry was also present recruiting new registrants.

The process for registering is much less painful than donating blood. A simple application form and a swab of saliva taken from the inner cheek is all that is necessary.

However, unlike with donating blood, the responsibility of the individual does not stop with the cheek swab. Those that register must be willing to donate their marrow if they are a match for a person in need. The process may be much more intensive than giving blood, but donors would still be saving a life.

The San Diego Blood Bank holds monthly blood drives in Gorton Quad and encourages everyone able to come out and donate.

The next drive will be held on Oct. 18 from noon to 3 p.m.

Appointments can be made via the blood bank’s website www.sandiegobloodbank.org. Walk-ins are also welcome, but making an appointment can drastically reduce waiting time.