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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 2:23 pm | Updated: 8:38 am, Wed Aug 28, 2019.

Sara Finley took a leap of faith when she decided to face her fear by donating blood two years ago. 

Now, she has donated enough blood to save over 10 lives. 

“I have an irrational fear of like hospitals and nurses and doctors and all those people in scrubs so I came to get over that fear,” said Sara Finley. 

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Sara Finley enjoys her free snack after donating blood during the Kentucky Blood Drive held in ADUC August 27, 2019 in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Sarah Mitchell Sarah Mitchell

Kentucky Blood hosts a blood drive four times a year at MSU and collects over 100 pints of blood every drive. The blood is donated back to St. Clair hospital to aid with the constant need.

“Anywhere we supply blood, we collect blood,” said Larry Chriss, a supervisor at the blood drive.

Kentucky Blood Center has been providing to hospitals all over Kentucky since 1968 and is the largest nonprofit blood bank in Kentucky. 

One pint of blood, the amount donated per volunteer, can save up to three lives.

“I like coming here now because it lets me help I’m basically saving lives without having to go to school for years to be able to do that,” said Finley.

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Alyssa McMichael, a first time donor, talks to a worker while donating blood during the Kentucky Blood Drive held in ADUC August 27, 2019 in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Brianna Robinson Brianna Robinson

Donated blood is used for all sorts of treatments including: cancer treatments, organ transplants, trauma, surgeries and much more. The center relies on volunteers to help provide over 400 pints of blood to the area hospitals daily.

“It’s a good way to give back to the community,” said MSU student Kayly Colemen.

Kentucky Blood Center will be back to MSU in November to host their quarterly blood drive.