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BAHBAD Club Kicks Off Year with Blood Drive

The Saturday blood drive and bone marrow registry will kick off the year at San Clemente High School with a pancake breakfast.

A pancake breakfast will greet blood and marrow donors Saturday at San Clemente High School for the club's first drive of 2013.

The drive is from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in two blood mobiles in the SCHS parking lot, said Gina Cousineau, the organization's head. As with all BAHBAD drives, technicians will be available to collect samples that allow participants to join a bone marrow donor registry as well.

San Diego Blood Bank will be collecting the blood. It's the organization that supplies Saddleback Medical Center in San Clemente. Cousineau said the hospital in town uses about 1,500 units of blood per year. Last year, she said, BAHBAD collected more than 450 units during its six drives, so this year it's aiming for 500.

In other words, by the end of Dec., 2013, the organization hopes to have collected a third of the blood used locally, Cousineau said.

Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, visit mysdbb.org. For more information about the BAHBAD organization, click here.

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