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Miss Iowa promoting blood donation in Cedar Falls

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Miss Iowa, Jessica Pray, is encouraging people across the state to donate blood.  She spent a few hours at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity's blood drive at UNI Wednesday.  Pray's been an advocate for blood donation for several years because her mother required a blood transfusion after giving birth to her.

"A lot of people don't understand the real importance of blood and the fact that just one donation can save 3 lives.  And that's something really incredible to take part of.  So I really just urge people, even if you're afraid of needles, to just go there and I promise you it'll be a very rewarding experience," said Pray.

Now she's hoping to take her message of how blood donation can save lives to a national level, if she's chosen as Miss America in January.

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