NYBC and the New York Yankees celebrated twenty years of partnership at the home plate ceremony shortly before the September 9th home game at Yankee Stadium. The ceremony thanked the dedicated high school students who have organized blood drives during the summer months, when donations are typically low. Student representatives from 25 area high schools attended and the one-millionth student donor, Bahira Ahmed, and her high school were recognized during the ceremony. Bahira is a senior at Staten Island Technical High School and a blood donation advocate who has helped organize several blood drives.
The New York Yankee High School Blood Donor Championship began in 1995 as a way to motivate students in the metro-area to give the gift of life while encouraging peers to do the same. About 500 area high schools host blood drives with NYBC each year, and these student-run blood drives play an important role in maintaining the community’s blood supply.