Michigan Blood Awards Students for Commitment to Blood Donation
Monday, June 11, 2012 at 10:22AM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

Sixty-one Mid-Michigan students receive Michigan Blood’s Donor For Life Award for their commitment to blood donation. 

SAGINAW, MICH. (June 8, 2012) – Nearly two years after being recognized as Saginaw County’s first 16-year-old blood donor, Andrew Morris has achieved another milestone with Michigan Blood. 

The 18-year-old Heritage High School senior recently earned the Donor For Life Award, Michigan Blood’s highest honor for students who donate blood six or more times before they graduate. Morris is one of 61 Mid-Michigan students who received the award and is the only student from Heritage High School to receive the honor. Tamar Chipp, public relations supervisor at Michigan Blood, says high school students play a vital role in blood donation. “High school students are very supportive of blood donation. This award recognizes them for their commitment and selfless contribution,” said Chipp. “Nearly 20 percent of our blood donations come from students like Andrew who are driven to make a difference early in life.” 

After Morris gave his first donation in 2011, when Michigan changed the law to allow 16-year-olds to donate, he made a commitment to help save lives. 

“Helping others was worth my time in high school and I plan to continue after graduation. I’m looking forward to reaching one gallon,” said Morris who plans to study engineering at Delta College in the fall. “I’m healthy, and I see this as a way to easily give back to save lives.” 

In addition to Morris, the following Mid-Michigan students received the Donor For Life Award: 

 

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