Congratulations to Queen Creek High School student Cariayn Rutherford! The 17-year-old won a new Volkswagen Passat R-Line in a raffle for selected blood donors organized by United Blood Services of Arizona.
Cariayn gave blood for the first time on August 29 at a blood drive hosted by Queen Creek High School (QCHS) and was drawn just two weeks later as the summer’s VW teen donor finalist. According to United Blood Services, summer is a hard time of year to maintain blood supplies. The QCHS blood drive was organized by HOSA students. HOSA is a national career and technical student organization designed for students interested in becoming Health Professionals.
“It was really awesome to save someone’s life and the extra credit in English class was great too,” Cariayn said. “With type O blood, it makes it cool to know I’m helping even more!” Her mom, Clara, was a nurse for 15 years and witnessed the lifesaving effect of blood transfusions, so she is very proud of her daughter for making the choice to donate blood.
As part of the Grand Prize Ceremony, Cariayn learned her blood went to help a fellow teen in a Valley hospital who was receiving a bone marrow transplant. Her blood was specially matched to his because she was negative to a particular antibody. He received her lifesaving transfusion on September 11th.