HOSA Hosts Second Blood Drive


J. Xu

Jenny Xu, Executive Editor

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) will host their second blood drive of the 2015-2016 school year on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Athletic Foyer. The blood drive honors Braylon Burke Whitfield, the grandson of Westwood’s own teacher, Ms. Judy Burke. Braylon has hereditary spherocytosis, a disease that requires him to have frequent blood transfusions. The blood drive will help offset medical expenses for him.

Typically, there are 60 to 80 donors at each drive.

“Giving blood so others may live is a humanitarian act of kindness.” Ms. Burke said. “It is very much appreciated by people in need.”

Donors must be over the age of 17 and at least 115 pounds to donate. They will receive a t-shirt for their participation. Those who wish to donate blood should eat a full meal before arriving and bring a photo ID.

Sign-ups for the blood drive can be found at: http://goo.gl/forms/KecMAAYC4G