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Alamo Heights students hold blood drive for teacher's family

Teacher Kimberly Culp son hit by semi on March 31

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Students at Alamo Heights High School held a blood drive on Tuesday to help the family of teacher Kimberly Culp.

On March 31, Culp's stepson, 17-year old O'Connor High School student Cody Culp, was hit by a semi-truck while crossing the road near a blind curve at the intersection of Braun and Leslie Roads.

The driver was going the speed limit but was unable to stop in time and dragged Culp for nearly 40 feet.

Two weeks later, Cody Culp, who was critically injured, has been moved from intensive care to intermediate care.

"He's in good spirits. He had another surgery yesterday and the next surgery's going to be Friday. It's going to be a long road but we're taking it a day at a time," said Kimberly Culp.

Although the family has insurance, there are still significant medical costs.

The students at Alamo Heights High decided to help by organizing a blood drive in Cody's honor.

As Kimberly Culp watched the students selflessly donate blood, she was moved to tears.

"It means a lot," she said. "We have good kids."

Cody's family will receive credit for every unit of blood donated in his honor. That will help the family financially. It will also help restock supplies to help other people in need of blood.

"When I heard about it, I knew I wanted to do something, so donating blood is so simple," said 17-year-old AHHS student Izzie Shae. "I just wanted to be able to help in any way that I could."

Cody is expected to recover fully but it will take time and he will have scars to show.

"His right arm and left leg to his knee were de-gloved. He had breaks on his hip and possibly his sacrum and a few on his spine.  His quadricep muscle was shredded but all the muscles that he needs to walk are going to be there so it's just going to be a matter of rehabilitation and a strong will," said Kimberly Culp.

There are still numerous surgeries and rehabilitation ahead.

Meanwhile, Kimberly Culp said the support from the community has been a huge comfort. 

"It's heartwarming," she said.

Students at Alamo Heights High School aren't the only ones pitching in.

Kimberly said Cody's friends and classmates at O'Connor High School have also been donating blood individually and one friend started a fund online to help the family pay for hospital expenses.

Anyone interested in donating blood for Cody can do so at University Hospital or through any South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. It's necessary to notify them in advance that you are donating in honor of Cody Culp at University Hospital.

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