All too familiar with hospitals, local Boy Scout organizes blood drive
SEATTLE - When asked what the badges on his Boy Scout uniform represent, Seth Baker starts naming them off.
“This is the Arrow of Light I got when I was a Cub Scout,” he says.
And he explains the Religious Square Knot is for work he’s done at his church.
This 15-year-old Boy Scout wants to advance to Eagle Scout.
“It's the highest rank you can earn,” he said.
Baker must earn 21 merit badges to get there, including one in which he must carry out an extensive service project for an organization other than the Boy Scouts. Baker decided to organize a blood drive.
"This is a vital time to organize a blood drive because schools are out and people are on vacation and there's a lot less people donating blood,” said Baker.
He knows that every donor he recruits can potentially save the lives of three others.
"I want to do something in the medical field because I spent a lot of time in the hospital when I was little,” said Baker, adding that he was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome at the age of 2.
“Which is an auto immune disease in my kidney,” Baker said.
Nephrotic syndrome causes the body to excrete too much protein in the urine.
Organizing a blood drive for his service project just made sense to Baker, given his medical history and the facts behind the need for blood.
In addition to organizing it, he also must get at least 50 people to show up to donate, with 30 percent of that number being first time donors.
"And so with this I can help meet the demand of 800 donors a day,” said Baker.
And success will help Baker on his path to becoming an Eagle Scout, which only 4 percent of all Boy Scouts ever achieve.
For more information on how to donate blood, check out Bloodworks Northwest.