PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) - For more than 30 years, generations of Palmer High School students have left a legacy of life. The students save lives through their on going blood drives.
"I don't know the name of everyone that I've helped but I think about it, in ten minutes you can save three lives," said Joe Roberts a senior at Palmer High School.
Joe Roberts help continues the 31 year tradition at Palmer High School. The students' blood drives are responsible for more than 6,000 pints of blood. The students are ambassadors devoted to saving lives.
"It helps so many people. It's not just you give one unit, you help one person, you help up to six people. If you donate double, it's just such a good feeling," said Kristen Olivearas a senior at Palmer High School.
And what a feeling when it hits home as it did with Palmer High School graduate and blood drive participant Deidre Cadieux and her newborn daughter two and a half years ago.
"I actually hemorrhaged when I had her and I ended up in the ICU and I wouldn't be here without that blood. Since then my daughter ended up with multiple surgeries, open heart surgeries and a heart transplant, and each time she needed quite a bit of blood to live so, without blood donation, neither myself or my daughter would be here today," said Deidre Cadieux, Palmer High School Class of 2003.
"You're connected with people, you're connected with the community. I think it's helping a lot when you give part of yourself to someone else," said Alexa Murray a senior at Palmer High School.
For 31 years Palmer High School students have embraced the culture of lifesaving through their blood drives, a culture that's a link between generations.
"My sister gave blood, my parents gave blood, my grandparents gave blood. It's really a tradition in my family. I don't plan on ending that tradition."
The Palmer High School tradition proudly continues. The students will hold their next blood drive on April 11th.