Caroline Haywood ’18 grew up surrounded by the world of medicine: Her mother is a nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; her father works as an engineer in the medical field; and her uncle is a cardiologist. From an early age, her family members stressed a selfless mentality of helping others. Although the junior has her eyes set on a career in orthopedic or cardiovascular surgery in the future, Caroline realized there is something she can do now to help those in need: organize a blood drive at Blair.
The drive, during which Caroline gave her first-ever donation, was held February 22 at Blair by the American Red Cross. The drive yielded 39 donations, which can save up to 117 lives, Caroline said.
Though in the past she was too young to donate, Caroline was eager to become an eligible donor at age 16. So, she set to work organizing the drive at Blair, which she described as the “perfect place” for her first donation. “Community service is a hallmark at Blair,” she said, optimistic that the community would be supportive of her cause.
For Caroline, the importance of blood donation cannot be understated: One donation can save three lives, she said, but in 2016, the Red Cross reported critically low numbers of blood donations. She hopes that by coordinating a drive at Blair, she can do her part to aid the Red Cross in the year ahead. “It’s my duty to give—I feel an obligation to help others.”
“By giving one hour of your time to donate blood, you could give someone his or her entire life,” she said, encouraging members of the Blair community to participate in the drive. “It’s not every day that you get the change to save someone’s life, so why not take that opportunity today?”