Olney residents give back to the community by giving blood
OLNEY— Sixty-four units of much-needed blood will go local hospitals following a blood drive sponsored by Olney High School.
Dale Lovett, a volunteer coordinator for Carter BloodCare said the drive was inspired by Carliegh Symank, a 3-year-old who recently overcame a bought with cancer thanks in part to blood provided by Cook Children’s Hospital.
“We’re giving because of her,” Lovett said. “Her family is 100 percent behind it. We’re going to do another blood drive in March.”
Lovett said last Friday’s blood drive held even deeper significance because the blood donated to Carter BloodCare goes directly back to the community. Jennifer Symank, Carliegh’s mother, said the overwhelming turnout Friday was indicative of the Olney community, which she said goes above and beyond when it comes to supporting citizens in need. She added that blood supplies are often low supply.
“It’s always needed, especially for people with rare blood types,” Symank said. “In times of stress like natural disaster, or even now when people are getting sick, it’s always good to have blood on hand.”
One of those donating Friday was OHS senior Selena Torres, Symanks cousin, who said her decision to donate came from advice her father, Felix Torres III gave her long ago.
They are my family and it’s amazing knowing I could save a friend or family member (with a donation),” Torres said. “My dad always said ‘It’s always better to go through a little pain if you can save someone else.”
Those looking to make a donation can visit Carter BloodCare, wait until either the March 7 blood drive or the Battle of the Badges blood drive June 27.
For more information visit carterbloodcare.org.