Fremont Elementary School parent Cara Ruyle Wednesday waited calmly in the school auditorium for her turn with the nurse. That a pint of blood would soon be drawn from her body didn’t bother her.
“After you have two kids, no biggie,” Ruyle said.
She has a rare blood type — B negative — that makes donating blood even more important, Ruyle added.
“It is a great way to support a school activity and show my daughter that we are connected to the world, that we are our brother’s keeper,” Ruyle said. “If I can do one little thing that is going to help somebody, why not?”
Wednesday marked Fremont Elementary School’s third annual Red Cross Blood Drive, an event founded in 2009 in honor of former sixth-grade teacher Laura Thornbury, said parent and organizer Jim Schmit. Thornbury died of cancer during the winter break of the 2008-2009 school year.
A popular and dedicated figure on campus, Thornbury worked up until a few weeks before her death, Schmit said.