CENTRAL TEXAS – The annual Killeen Independent School District “Blood Wars” 2014 competition concluded with Harker Heights High School taking home this year’s title and trophy. Four high schools paired up with the Scott & White Blood Center to select two days to host a blood drive on their campus which took place in the months of April and May. This year, over 400 units of blood were collected by the four high schools. Each high school received one point for every unit of blood collected at its campus drive.
- Harker Heights High School 113 units collected
- Killeen High School 105 units collected
- Killeen Ellison High School 101 units collected
- Killeen Shoemaker High School 97 units collected
The efforts of these campuses combined can potentially benefit over 800 individuals who are in need of blood. Each unit of blood equals one pint. Just one pint of blood can be used in up to two individuals and can make the difference in saving lives.
“We want to thank all the KISD students, staff, and members of the community for donating blood as we go into the summer,” said Walter Linz, MD, medical director of the Scott & White Blood Center. “During the summer we experience a decrease in the number of people donating blood, but through efforts like this we can help keep our supplies sufficient. Children and adults are likely to engage in more outdoor activities and travel which increases the potential for traumas to occur. Therefore, we need to increase our supply to be able to accommodate those who suffer injuries that require blood.”
For more information about upcoming blood donor drives or opportunities to donate blood, please call the Scott & White Blood Center at 254-724-HERO (4376) or 877-724-HERO (4376) or visit the website at bloodcenter.sw.org.