By Tomasito Napalan
On April 30, 2013, College of the Desert (COD) collected 38 pints of blood at the “Fight for Life” blood drive. Great gifts were donated for this special event to be raffled to two lucky donors. The first prize was a pair of boxing gloves and the second prize was free boxing lessons.
The boxing gloves were donated by an anonymous donor. However, Champion Boxer Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley personally signed the gloves. Lee “The Hall of Famer” Espinoza of Lee Espinoza Coachella Valley Boxing Club donated the boxing lessons.
Leslie Vega-Contreras, a student, at COD won the free boxing lessons and Jesus Madrid an employee, of COD won the boxing gloves. Leslie said, “I have been trying to donate for a couple of times now, but this time I was able to and I win a prize – how great.”
Over 55 people came out to donate their blood, but only 38 were able to give blood. Cassandra Holman, a student said, “I want to donate, but they tell me my iron is too low.” The blood collected from this event could possibly save up to 114 lives.