KINGSPORT – Providing nearly 15 percent of the blood supply for Marsh Regional Blood Center, high school students play an important role in saving patients' lives in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Marsh Regional recently honored high school blood donors for their extraordinary impact on the region’s health by awarding grants to four schools and college scholarships to three students. The blood center began the program a year ago to express its appreciation to the many schools and students who make a positive difference.
“The incredible support we receive from our region's high school students is inspiring,” said Don Campbell, the center’s director. “We hope we can not only encourage our high school donors to give into adulthood but also reach out to other high school students to donate as well.”
Marsh Regional held a drawing for three $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors. The students’ names were randomly drawn from categories based on school size, with one student from small, medium and large schools being selected. Seniors who did not qualify to donate were still entered for the scholarship drawing if they found a replacement donor.
Schools earned $1,000 grants by having the highest donation rates among students eligible to donate. This year, Marsh Regional picked two medium-sized schools, one small one and a large one.
Marsh Regional’s 2013 scholarship winners are:
The grant winners are:
The scholarship program is one of two ways Marsh Regional recognizes high school students. In 2010, the center launched the Honor Cord Challenge, which provides a cord for donors to wear as part of their graduation outfit if they have given six times or helped Marsh Regional in other ways.
To donate, students must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health.
Marsh Regional distributes blood to 22 healthcare facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Donors can give the gift of life at Marsh Regional’s offices in Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City or at blood drives held throughout the region.
People with a cold, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or who are taking antibiotics may not donate. Donors should eat a balanced meal before giving blood and be in good health.
For more information about blood donation, please call 423-224-5888 or visit www.marshblood.com.