*UPDATE 3/12/2020* The blood drive and bone marrow registry is postponed until further notice.
La Salle will host a blood drive and bone marrow registry on Thursday, March 19. Signups to participate in either event will be held during lunch or in the Student Life Center next week.
Adults and students 16 and older are old enough to give blood. People 18 or older also can register for the DKMS Bone Marrow Registry by filling out registration forms and swabbing the inside of their cheek.
"The chances of being called to donate marrow are slim, but there is also a chance of saving someone's life," said Director of Service Sarah Maher.
"Our school is rooted in service and social justice," she said. "This is a simple way that almost all members of our community can contribute to healing those most in physical need because of health."
Recognizing that some donors might have questions and concerns in light of the state of emergency declared in Washington state following the death of a patient infected with the COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, Bloodworks Northwest issued a statement reassuring the community that it’s safe to donate blood, and donations are needed.
“We’re actively monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and maintaining communication with local health departments,” said Bloodworks President and CEO Curt Bailey “Our primary focus is providing a safe and reliable blood supply to our hospital partners across the Northwest, and that’s only possible by making opportunities to donate blood available at our donor centers, area businesses, churches, and schools, and seeing our community continue to turn out for local patients.”