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Beta Sigma Kappa Teams Up with Vitalant to Save Lives

SCO's Beta Sigma Kappa, an international optometric honor society, teamed up with Vitalant to offer everyone the opportunity to help save lives through their blood drive. 

Formerly known as Lifeblood, Vitalant is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit and community blood service providers. At our last blood drive, twenty-two donations were given, which saved as many as 66 lives in the Mid-South. 

During the blood drive, two students took time out of their busy class schedules to donate blood. 3rd-year student Michaele Snyder was a 1st-time donor who wanted to donate after receiving donated blood in 2012 after a major reconstructive surgery jaw. 

“It’s very comforting to help save lives,” said Snyder. After having to have a blood transfusion after my surgery, I knew that these blood drives were very important.”

4th-year student Meagan Miles has been a donor since she was in high school and enjoys the thought of helping people out. 

“You have to think about if you were in a situation where you would need blood,” said Miles. “It’s always good to help others.”

Beta Sigma Kappa and Vitalant hosts blood drives once a month in an effort to give blood to those in need in the Mid-South. 

Posted by Kate Bucko at 2:14 PM