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February 3, 2012

Students, residents set donor record for ill youngster

Justin Lofton Staff Writer
The Ada News

Ada —  

A recent blood drive held by Ada Junior High and Ada High School for junior high student Faith Walker turned out to be the biggest blood drive the schools have had.

Shana Wood of Oklahoma Blood Institute said the institute keeps records back to 2005 and more units were collected in this drive than any other.

Ada High School had 112 donors registered to give blood and 106 units were collected.

Ada Junior High had 122 donors registered and 112 units were collected.  Ada City Schools Publications Director Joe Claxton said students under the age of 16 at Ada Junior High were not allowed to give blood so the record turnout was the result of teachers and other members of the community taking time out of their day to donate.

The drive was held Tuesday to raise 100 units for Walker, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  She’s currently had three blood transfusions and several platelet transfusions.

Ada Junior High School’s blood drive put 78 units toward that number.  It is currently undetermined how many of the high school’s units will go toward the 100-unit goal.

Wood said it’s probably safe to say the goal was met.