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Blood Drive to Honor PRHS Junior and Cancer Patient Maria Ciarrocca

If you donate, remember to eat a well-balanced meal and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages prior to your appointment.

Pine-Richland High School students are dedicating their next blood drive to Maria Ciarrocca, a classmate who is battling T-cell lymphoma.

"Please keep Maria in your thoughts and prayers, and donate blood on her behalf," a flier states.

The PRHS Winter Scholarship Blood Drive will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the gym at Pine-Richland High School. 

Maria, a junior, began treatment on the Friday after Thanksgiving and receives chemotherapy four times a week; she also has received blood transfusions.

To donate blood, click here to schedule an appointment online; use the sponsor code HS010058. Walk-ins are welcome too.

In addition, you may make an appointment by contacting Christine Misback at cmisback@zoominternet.net

Students who are 16 years old may donate as long as they have a parent’s permission. Click here to print the parent permission form to bring on the day of donation.  

Students who are age 17 and older may donate; they do not need parental permission.

If you donate, remember to eat a well-balanced meal and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages prior to your appointment. 

For additional details, refer to the Central Blood Bank website

A photo ID or Central Blood Bank donor card is required at registration.

The Central Blood Bank donor requirements are as follows:

You are eligible to donate blood if you

  • Weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Are in good physical health
  • Are at least 16  years old. There is no upper age limit
  • Have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days

You are not eligible to donate blood if you

  • Have hepatitis
  • Are pregnant
  • Have ever tested positive for HIV, have engaged in high-risk behavior, or have had intimate contact with anyone at risk for AIDS
  • Have Babesiosis or Chagas Disease

You may be temporarily ineligible to donate blood if you

  • Have the flu, a sore throat, or fever on the day of donation
  • Are taking antibiotics for an infection
  • Received a tattoo, had your ear or another body part pierced using non-sterile, non-single-use equipment, or experienced an accidental needle stick injury in the past 12 months
  • Have had heart problems
  • Received a blood transfusion in the past 12 months
  • Have recently been vaccinated. Flu shots do not impact eligibility
  • Have a history of cancer
  • Traveled to or lived in a malaria area
  • Have recently had a sexually transmitted disease
  • If you are donating platelets, please do not take aspirin 48 hours prior or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) 12 hours prior to your scheduled donation time. Tylenol is acceptable as it is not a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). 

If you have questions regarding eligibility, contact the blood bank's Medical Help Desk at 1-866-DONORS-1 ext. 7160 or 7035.

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