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W. Lafayette teacher honors daughter with blood drive

A local high school teacher is keeping her daughter’s memory alive by trying to help others through annual blood drives.

Posted: May. 16, 2018 5:47 PM
Updated: May. 16, 2018 5:50 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A local high school teacher is keeping her daughter’s memory alive by trying to help others through an annual blood drive.

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West Lafayette High School math teacher Karri Huckstep launched Blood Drive 352 in honor of her daughter Caroline, who died of leukemia in 2008.

The blood drive was held Wednesday at the West Lafayette High School cafeteria from 3-7 p.m., and all donors received a free T-shirt, according to the school’s announcements.

Moved by the 352 units of donated blood that Caroline used in her battle with leukemia, Huckstep said she hopes that collecting blood is the best way to help other families.

“The ending of our story is not happy, but to be able to take that ending and be able to turn it into something positive, that’s really what we kind of focus on,” Huckstep said.

Over the course of the blood drive’s 10-year history, 1,000 units of blood have been donated.

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