Lakewood Ranch Herald

Hundreds flock to give blood in honor of Lakewood Ranch students killed in crash

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- This one was for Josh and Brett.

More than 200 Lakewood Ranch High School students signed up to donate blood today, in honor of classmates Josh Rogers and Brett Wagner who lost their lives in a Christmas night traffic accident.

"Typically, we would have 120," said Angela West of Florida Blood Services.

The drive continues until 3 p.m. today with four blood donor buses lined up outside the school to handle the turnout of students.

In addition to being organ donors, both teens were on the school blood drive committee and helped enlist other students to donate.

"I knew there would be a lot of people who would want to support the blood drive because of Josh and Brett," said junior Morgan Keefer, 16, one of those helping out Tuesday.

Another student, Lauren Valenti, 17, called the dedication a good cause in memory of the two classmates.

Baseball coach Dave Moates, who has donated more than 82 gallons, said the school got a lot of closure over the tragedy during the holidays.

"But there was a void for some of the kids when we returned to school. This is another way to help work through the process," Moates said.