MA student convinces politicians to lower blood donor age

High school student Mark Chonofsky isn't going to let his age keep him from donating blood – he’s drafted his own law to lower the donor age in Massachusetts, and he just got local politicians to approve it.

When Mark showed up to donate at his high school’s blood drive, he was turned away because of his age. Current Massachusetts law requires donors to be 17 and Mark was just 16 at the time.

"I thought that was really an inequity, since I met all the other physical requirements," Chonofsky told the Boston Globe.

Instead of giving up, Mark headed to the library to do some research. He started studying legal records and drafted his own bill to lower the age. Then, he convinced his local representative to sponsor the bill, and yesterday the House passed it.

Mark’s bill still needs state Senate approval before it becomes law, but he is well on his way.

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