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Fairview Elementary blood drive could save as many as 54 lives

Fairview Elementary school counselor, Rachel Seighman, center, poses with two fourth-grade AIG students, who each invited three family members to come participate in the school’s blood drive.

If a single blood donation can save three lives, then a recent blood drive at Fairview Elementary School has the potential to save 54 lives.

Fairview’s fourth-grade Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Classes partnered with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) earlier this month in an effort to help meet the ongoing need for blood donations.

Each and every unit of blood donated to CBCC stays in the community to support local patients.

The drive brought out 27 individuals who donated 18 units of blood. According to information from the Community Blood Center, a single blood donation can save three local lives.

Whole blood is separated into three individual components: platelets, red cells and plasma.

Cancer and cardiac patients are the two largest recipients of blood, and nearly 50 percent of blood donations are used in their treatments.

“We would like to thank all of our donors for donating their blood and saving a life!” said event coordintator, Rachel Seighman, a Fairview Elementary School counselor.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: Oct 28, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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