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July 31, 2012

High school students to be recognized for donating blood

Oklahoma Blood Institute is encouraging and honoring high school students for making blood donation a priority.  Students participating in OBI’s Honor Cord Program will receive special recognition for their dedication to the life-saving mission of blood donation for their communities.

The Honor Cord Program is an opportunity for students to develop leadership, project management, goal-setting and teamwork skills, all while helping save lives within their communities.  Studies show that honor cord recipients are more likely to make blood donation a lifelong commitment.

Each student who enrolls in the program and fulfills the simple guideline of donating six times by May 1 of their graduating year will receive a certificate and an honor cord to wear on his or her graduation robe* at the end of the school year.

 “Without loyal, volunteer blood donors, such as these students, our area hospitals would not have the blood needed for their patients.  Through their donations, they will potentially save the lives of babies born prematurely or with congenital health conditions, as well as people of all ages needing surgeries, fighting cancer or undergoing burn treatment,” said John Armitage, M.D., OBI president and CEO.

“The honor cord not only recognizes their contributions, but it gives us great hope for the future. These young adults will provide blood for generations to come.  Developing the habit of donating blood at an early age is a great gift to the community and shows understanding of civic duty.”

All high school students may sign up for the Oklahoma Blood Institute Honor Cord program.  Most healthy students 16 and older** are eligible to donate blood.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-877-340-8777, or visit www.obi.org.

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