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Senior and co-president of Health Science Club, Jakob Kleiman donates blood.
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Pinewood’s Health Science Club Hosts Blood Drive Amid National Shortage

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Senior and co-president of Health Science Club, Jakob Kleiman donates blood.

The Pinewood Upper Campus community donated approximately 51 lifesaving units of blood from 14 donors Sept. 13 at a blood drive hosted by the Health Science Club. The donations were collected by local nonprofit Vitalant and will be distributed to El Camino, Sequoia and Stanford Hospitals to combat a national blood shortage.  Because climate disasters have decreased donor turnout and caused blood drive cancellations, blood supplies have fallen to critically low levels

Health Science Club advisor Kim Hudson organized the event with co-presidents senior Jakob Kleiman and junior Prisha Mohapatra. 

“In Health Science Club, we’re obviously focused a lot on the human body [but also] how we can improve access to healthcare,” Kleiman said. “All you’re doing is making sure that if your friend, your mom, or your grandma ends up in the hospital, they don’t die and they get the blood they need.”

This year’s blood drive revives the tradition of annual school-wide drives; the last was in 2018. To kick off their year, the Health Science Club arranged the drive in two weeks. Despite the quick turnaround from the planning stage, Hudson said that people signed up quickly and filled all the available time slots.

“Some people that maybe aren’t totally comfortable [donating blood] really put themselves out there and gave it a try,” Hudson said.

Although she had never given blood before, senior Betti Hamori said her nerves were calmed knowing the positive impact of her donation. 

“I think it’s important to give if you have something to give, especially during an emergency when [the blood] could actually save someone’s life,” Hamori said.

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Karina Aronson, Editor-in-Chief
Karina Aronson (11) is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Perennial. She is passionate about writing stories that shed light on often undiscussed topics. When Karina’s not writing, you can find her reading, hanging out with friends, and baking a frankly concerning amount of apple pies.
Sophia Cheng, Arts & Culture Editor
Sophia Cheng (11) joined the Perennial in seventh grade and is now a junior going onto her second year as Arts & Culture editor. She is passionate about amplifying marginalized voices to create space for new conversations and hopes to provide a broader perspective of the world through her journalism. Outside of school, you can find her reading, listening to music, or walking around her neighborhood.
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Gabby Yang (10) is a photographer for The Perennial. This is her first year in journalism, and she is looking forward to continuing to improve and build on her love for photography. Gabby has loved photography for several years because it’s a way of expressing herself and creating something unique with the freedom to compose her own art. She is excited to create a deeper connection with the Pinewood community through photography. In her free time, Gabby enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing basketball, traveling, and trying new things.

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