Etc. - 11/16/09

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A holiday bazaar and bake sale will be from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Washington Odd Fellows Home, 534 Boyer Ave.

Holiday gifts such as hand-painted ceramics, baked goods, knitted and crocheted items, decorative holiday items, baby blankets, Christmas ornaments and birdhouses will be for sale. Raffles and door prizes will happen throughout the day in the East Auditorium at 534 Boyer Ave. For more details, call 526-6463.

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Lucas Myers, 17, received the Spirit of the Red Cross Hero Award at the Sacramento Sierra Chapter Red Cross banquet Oct. 13. A Walla Walla University freshman pre-physical therapy major, Lucas was honored for donating more than 10 gallons of blood--the most ever donated by a person his age, according to a release from WWU.

Lucas began donating in August 2008, inspired by his dad, Gary, who's been a regular blood donor since college, and who's donated about 170 gallons.

Among the reasons Lucas gives for his donor status is a girl at his home church who has leukemia. "Without weekly blood transfusions, she wouldn't be in remission today," he said. He donates blood every week or even twice a week when possible. He mainly donates plasma, which has allowed him to donate more often.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. According to the American Red Cross, platelet/plasma donors must wait just three days before they can donate again, versus 56 days for whole blood donors.

To read more about Lucas' story, click on the links below.

Three other WWU students were also honored at the banquet. Austin Nystrom, Doug Stowers and Kami Kostenko received Good Samaritan Youth Heroes awards. This summer, while working at Leoni Meadows Camp in Northern California, Austin and Doug, both junior theology majors, and Kami, a sophomore, were swimming with friend Derek Hartley, a freshman physical education major. Derek was pulled underwater by a whirlpool.

He was pulled out, CPR was administered and with the help of EMTs, Derek was able to fully recover.

The miracle was that they were able to call for outside help. Cell phone reception was poor, so when Kami attempted to call, she had no bars. She offered a prayer and when she looked again, she had full bars. The EMTs said when they have had calls to that location, it is a rescue, not a recovery, meaning that usually the person hasn't made it.

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