Save a Life April 13

Everyone at some point in their life will be touched by tragedy in one form or another. Whether it’s a friend or family member who’s been in an accident and needs a blood transfusion, or someone who’s been afflicted with cancer or another devastating disease, which requires them to receive an organ or bone marrow transplant in an effort to save their life. That’s the case for the Centralia College family, too.

Over the years, Centralia College has had several people who have battled cancer, including two who have recently needed multiple blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants to save their lives from terminal blood cancer.

In an effort to bring public awareness, and as part of their Honors in Action project, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, is holding a combination bone marrow and organ and tissue registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in the foyer of the Student Center building.

“One of our own PTK members was afflicted with a serious blood cancer in 2014,” explained PTK faculty advisor Dr. Jody Peterson. “It really brought home how important it is for us all to be part of the solution. We also wanted to help bring public awareness of how easy it is to participate in these vital health programs.”

PTK is holding a Lyceum discussion on the benefits of these programs from 1-1:50 p.m. on Wed. April 13, in Washington Hall room 103. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of program outreach coordinators, and those who have been personally touched or needed these important services.

In addition, the Centralia College Student Life and Involvement Center is holding a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in the Walton Science Center.

For more information about the Lyceum Lecture, or more information about the bone marrow and organ and tissue registration, contact Dr. Jody Peterson at jpeterson@centralia.edu or visit centralia.edu/news/lyceum-schedule.html.

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