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(UNIVERSITY PARK, P.A.) - This April, the Penn State Student Red Cross Club challenges the Penn State community to donate blood in the fourth annual Fight for Life. Through Fight for Life, Penn State and Ohio State compete in a friendly battle to collect the most blood donations throughout April.
This is the fourth year of the Fight for Life and is on track to be the biggest yet. The Nittany Lions won by 155 units (pints) last year and by 70 units in 2012. This is the final special donor recruitment campaign of the semester and many students’ last opportunity to donate blood conveniently on campus.
This spring, the Red Cross is focused on increasing blood inventory levels depleted during the winter and boosting supplies before the summer vacation season. Severe winter weather across much of the country forced the cancellation of more than 1,500 American Red Cross blood drives, which resulted in more than 50,000 uncollected blood donations.
Similar to the Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge that takes place in the fall, the Student Red Cross Club hopes that Fight for Life will motivate students to give blood more frequently. Approximately five percent of the U.S. population donates blood in a given year, although about forty percent may meet the eligibility criteria to donate.
"This eligibility percentage certainly could be higher on a college campus. If just five percent of the Penn State population donated blood, about 2,500 units of blood would be collected. This would greatly exceed the goal for this competition of 1,000 units," commented Carolyn Kean, Community CEO, American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region. She added that a donor may be able to donate every fifty-six days. That means during the school year, four donations may be scheduled, one every two months.
The multiple student groups sponsoring Fight for Life blood drives are responsible for publicizing the drive within and outside of their organization. They recruit donors throughout campus, as well as supply volunteers for their drive.
The blood collected during the Penn State vs Ohio State Fight for Life will help supply blood needed at hospitals in both the Greater Alleghenies and Central Ohio Regions of the American Red Cross. A unit of blood has a shelf life of only forty-two days so the supply must be continually replenished. Every two seconds someone needs blood in the U.S.
Pizza and other special food will be provided at all Fight for Life drives. Come to donate and all presenting donors will receive a FREE American Red Cross tumbler cup (while supplies last) and be entered for a chance to win a football autographed by Coach Franklin and a hockey puck autographed by Coach Gadowsky.
"We’re really excited to compete in the Fight for Life for the fourth year in a row against the Buckeyes!" said Student Red Cross Club President Nina Farrell. "We encourage everyone who is eligible to come donate at one of these drives to not only help beat OSU in some friendly competition, but to help save lives. As much as we would like bragging rights about beating OSU three years in a row, the main concern is that there is enough blood to supply those who need it."
In the 2013 competition, Penn State prevailed by collecting 1,003 units of blood to Ohio State’s 848 units of blood. As every blood donation has the potential to help save up to three lives, Penn State collected enough to support more than 3,000 people in need of blood last year. Combined with Ohio State’s efforts, it is easy to see how Fight for Life significantly impacts the two blood regions.
Blood donation appointments are strongly recommended and can be made at www.psuredcross.org. Once a drive is selected, the donor will be redirected to the American Red Cross scheduling system. Donors new to the donation scheduling system may join by choosing "New User," the donor will be able to log into his/her own profile and can easily make, change, and cancel donation appointments.
Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, may be eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements. Those with specific eligibility questions should call the Red Cross Donor Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276. All presenting donors should bring their Red Cross donor cards or other forms of identification to the blood drive.
Starting December 11, select blood drives will be a part of the THON blood drive campaign. Donate blood during this campaign and for each donation, the American Red Cross will donate $2 to THON on behalf of an organization of your choice. Donate double red, and the Student Red Cross Club will donate another $2 to THON on behalf of your org, resulting in a $4 donation! Check out how your org is doing!
Below are the next three upcoming blood drives. Check out the Blood Drives tab for the entire list of upcoming blood drives!
|Mon 04/06||1 PM — 7 PM||124 Findlay, East Halls|
|Tue 04/07||1 PM — 7 PM||124 Findlay, East Halls|
|Wed 04/08||10 AM — 4 PM||Wagner Drill Deck|
If you are a new member to the Student Red Cross Club, or are interesting in joining, and aren't quite sure about some things about the club, be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page!
Starting this semester, we're starting a House Cup! It's basically a friendly competition within the club where we split our members into three houses based on blood types. To get involved, register here! Check out current point totals! For more information about the House Cup, check out our Membership tab.
Would you like to see how much money your THON organization has raised just by donating blood? Check the most up-to-date totals here!
The purpose of the Penn State Student Red Cross Club is to coordinate student activities relating to the programs fostered by the American Red Cross. These activities include: blood services, safety and lifesaving introduction, health fairs, youth services and other projects agreed upon by the membership.
April 13th, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 104 Thomas
April 27th, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Club Picnic at Sunset Park