Front row, from left, American Red Cross representatives Emily Ho and Carol Field, Savita Lachman of Fulton Bank, which co-sponsors the drive, Nursing student Amanda Davis and alumna Kathryn Tyrasinski; back row, MCCC Vice President Ed Gwazda, left, and Assistant Dean John Simone.
MCCC has partnered with Fulton Bank on the Blood Drive for several years.
West Windsor, N.J. – By the end of the Blood Drive hosted by Mercer County Community College (MCCC) and Fulton Bank on Jan. 26, the folks from the American Red Cross (ARC) were very happy.
According to Carol M. Field, of the ARC's Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region office, 38 individuals donated blood, including three who participated in double red cell procedures, which yields two units of red blood cells, the most frequently used blood component needed by almost every type of transfusion patient.
“In total, we collected 41 productive units, which will provide for 123 hospital patients,” Field said. “We sincerely thank the college and Fulton Bank for your wonderful work and support, and also extend our appreciation and thanks to all who helped out, especially the generous donors.”
Assistant Dean for Student Services John Simone was gratified to organize a project that is so critical to local residents with healthcare needs. “We exceeded our goal and made it a worthwhile day for the Red Cross staff. We appreciate our Fulton Bank partners in this initiative.”
Among the volunteers were two young people who took the time to give. Kathryn Tyrasinski graduated from MCCC in December and has transferred to The College of New Jersey, where she is studying mathematics. She was on campus dropping off her sister when she saw the sign. “I wanted to help out,” she said simply.
For Nursing student Amanda Davis, the decision to donate was automatic. “I have been giving since I reached the age I was eligible,” she said. “I like the idea of doing what I can to help people. As a Nursing major, this fits right into my values.” With one year left until she completes her A.S. degree, Davis is doing what she can now – until the time comes when she will be administering to patients directly.
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