Camp Smith donates liquid life
By Lance Cpl. Ronald Stauffer
| September 30, 2008
CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii --
Army Sgt. Jennifer Palacios, mobile blood drive noncommissioned officer in charge, locates a vein in the arm of Navy Cmdr. Brent Parks, deputy director of information technology for Joint Interagency Task Force, West, during a blood drive at the Pollock Theatre Sept. 30.
The Mobile Blood Drive Unit from Tripler Army Medical Center made their quarterly visit, giving service members the opportunity to save a life.
“Camp Smith is one of our bigger drives,” Palacios said. “We like to schedule it once every quarter, but any blood we collect is good.”
Palacios said the blood collected from the blood drives is shipped to Iraq and Afghanistan weekly, and any remaining blood is stored at Tripler.
Staff Sgt. Trinity Lizalde, embark chief for U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, explained his donation was made for more than a good cause.
“My son has cancer and has blood transfers at least once a month,” Lizalde said. “It’s the least I can do.”