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The University of Maryland Medical Center held a blood drive in honor of one of its summer youth workers who was caught in gun crossfire while at a neighborhood basketball court earlier this month.

Lamont Roberson arrived at University of Maryland Shock Trauma August 7 and celebrated his 16th birthday there two days later. He is still there recovering.Roberson received 25 units of blood when he first arrived to Shock Trauma and more units during his treatment.

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Blood donations are a crucial part in saving the lives of patients in emergency situations. Blood cannot be manufactured; only collected from live donors. One gunshot wound victim can use up to 50 units of blood.

Roberson spent his summer working on community projects at the University of Maryland Baltimore Community Engagement Center through the city's YouthWorks program. The medical center is also located on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Roberson's family wanted to do something to give back, and have been encouraging his family and friends to come to the blood drive sponsored by the Red Cross to donate in his honor, said University of Maryland Medical Center spokeswoman Karen Lancaster.

The Red Cross said there has been a shortage of blood donations this summer.

About 70 donors gave blood, which is nearly double the usual average of 38 who donate at a half-day drive such as the one held at the medical center. Many of those who donated did so because of Lamont's story.

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