West Bend East and West high schools join forces for annual blood drive
West Bend blood donors can help patients in need at Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin’s upcoming blood drive on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at West High School, 1305 E. Decorah Road, West Bend, in the south gym.
Students and staff from the rival high schools in the area, West Bend East and West Bend West, are coming together to make a life-saving impact through the gift of blood donation. They invite the West Bend community to give as well. With a goal of collecting at least 266 blood donations—enough to save 800 lives—the West Bend high schools’ drive is one of the largest high school blood drives in Wisconsin. Versiti has been partnering with West Bend high schools for nearly 30 years, collecting more than 4,700 donations.
Special need for O negative blood
Though all blood types are needed, there is current a special need for O negative blood. There has been a nigh need for O negative, which is the universal blood type given to patients in emergency situations and those undergoing surgery. Last September, West Bend West teacher Kelly Sorce was rushed to the ER during her pregnancy. Her son, Finley, was born at just 28 weeks and Sorce lost a third of her blood during the delivery. Thankfully, blood transfusions made possible by donors saved her life.
“You never know when it’s going to be you that needs blood,” said Sorce, who helped coordinate the West Bend high schools’ blood drive in the past.
As a special thank you to donors, those who donate blood at this drive or at a Versiti donor center in December will receive Milwaukee Admirals tickets, while supplies last.
Donors can schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376) or visiting versiti.org/Westbend.
Anyone 17 or older who is in good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in donors are also welcome. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.
About Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin
Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Milwaukee that specializes in blood services, esoteric diagnostic testing, organ, tissue and stem cell donation, medical services and leading-edge research. We advance patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. The collective efforts of Versiti affiliates result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care, and cost efficiencies for healthcare systems nationwide. For more information, visit versiti.org/Wisconsin.