Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Blood makes a heartfelt gift for the holidays


December 20, 2018

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Phlebotomist Harry Hutchison monitors Alysa Loesch's blood pressure and other signs as she donates blood.

SEELEY LAKE – Alysa Loesch sat relaxed on the gurney at the Seeley-Swan High School gym. Blood dripped from a tube in her arm to a collection bag below. Loesch was one of the estimated 15-25 students and community members who donated blood at the Dec. 4 Red Cross blood drive.

Loesch is a junior at the high school, but this is already the second time she has given blood. Asked why she chooses to donate, she said, "Because I know I may be saving someone's life somewhere."

In an email, Red Cross Communications Manager Natividad Lewis said the American Red Cross organization has accepted the...

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