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Local teen becomes first 16-year-old to donate blood in Michigan

5:37 PM, Jan 3, 2011   |    comments
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Grand Rapids(WZZM) - A West Michigan teen became the first 16-year-old in the state to donate blood thanks to a new Michigan law that took affect January 1st.

16-year-old Morgan Doyle donated blood Monday morning at Michigan Blood in Grand Rapids. The Northview High School student says he has witnessed several blood drives in the past, but was never able to participate because he was too young. Up until this past Saturday, you had to be 17 years old to donate blood.

Morgan says he approached his mother, Susan, who works at Michigan Blood, shortly after the law was passed in December. Despite his fear of needles, he said he wanted to give back to the community. "It feels good, when you save somebody's life, or could possibly."

Jim Childress from Michigan Blood says, "When people give blood, they leave here a little taller. I think that's how these 16-year-olds will feel now that they're donating as well."

Childress says the new law comes along at the perfect time, since donations are down due to the economy. A healthy 16-year old can donate blood if they get a parent to sign a consent form.


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