Monday, May 9, 2011

Ranch faculty advisor inspires students to 'Leave a Legacy' with blood donations

Since 2007, Coach Dave Moates, the Lakewood Ranch High School faculty advisor and a 75-gallon blood and platelet donor, has challenged the senior class to “Leave A Legacy” for the underclassman.

Specifically, to surpass the donations given by the previous seniors at their final blood drive in service to their community.

Donations have steadily grown from 61 in 2007 to 147 in 2011 with a goal of 175.

Lakewood Ranch High School will host its final blood drive of the school year with Florida Blood Services 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The high school is located at 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., just north of State Road 70.

Friends and family members of Lakewood Ranch High School students are invited to attend and join in this lifesaving blood drive.

Grilled hot dogs, snacks and beverages will be served. In addition, all donors will receive a T-shirt and wellness check up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, plus a cholesterol screening.

Generally, healthy people, age 16 (with parental permission) or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors. Specific eligibility questions can be asked by calling 1-800-68 BLOOD (25663).

Blood donations from this “Leave A Legacy” campaign will help save the lives of patients receiving blood at Blake Medical Center, as well as local veterans who go to Bay Pines V.A. Healthcare System, ill newborns of Manatee county parents who are cared for at All Children’s Hospital, Lakewood Ranch residents and others receiving treatment at Tampa General Hospital’s emergency rooms, burn center and organ transplant ward, as well as Manatee county citizens fighting their battle against cancer at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

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