The Newsroom • Published Friday, Jul. 28, 2006, 2:41 PM
Trying to help others, Eagle Scout learned he would need help, too
Houston Chronicle (Internet / Print) 07/28/06 Michael Font's last attempt to give blood was the first sign that he would soon need it. After a series of tests, Font was diagnosed with leukemia three weeks after delivering the school's valedictory speech in the Toyota Center. Now, on the opposite end of the blood donation path, the 19-year-old Eagle Scout has learned, first hand, what happens when not enough people donate. At the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the "inventory is just enough to work on the day-to-day basis," said Dr. Alexander Indrikovs, director of the blood bank division. Recently, when running low, Indrikovs called on employees to help restock the blood bank shelves. "We had an excellent response from our employees and staff," Indrikovs said. "But that is not what we want. What we want is people to donate continuously throughout the summer as they do throughout the year."