Luther Burbank students roll up their sleeves to help others

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Senior Kimberly Gudino looks away as phlebotomist Desmond Ludwig draws her blood. 
Photo courtesy Burbank teacher Tom McElheney

For the 12th year, Blood Source teamed with Luther Burbank High School health teacher Cary Farley to bring a resourceful team of phlebotomists and nurses to campus for the school’s annual blood drive, held December 12.

Blood Source arrived early in the day and set up in the auditorium, creating a network of stations for donors to rotate through.They bring a small army of workers bearing lights, wireless routers, food, furniture and medical supplies in a well-choreographed traveling show.

Farley’s health class students made presentations to various junior and senior classes around campus to drum up volunteers, then on the appointed day, the donors were escorted to the auditorium.

Student donors moved through a smooth process of interviews, wellness checks and blood tests necessary prior to giving blood. Staff also donated blood. 

In addition to collecting blood, the Blood Source team taught valuable lessons about the need to support the community with donations. Nurse Bhupinder Kaur explained: “It’s definitely a good way to have the students get introduced into the whole donation of blood. It’s a good way to draw the students in, get them introduced to the medical field; see what kinds of professions are out there.”

Farley, in his 14th year at LBHS, said as he surveyed the busy scene in the auditorium foyer, “It’s been great. For a lot of the kids, it’s their first time donating, and then we have repeat donors. Hopefully they’ll be lifelong donors, learning how to help out in their community.”