Healthy students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to donate blood on Tuesday, April 21 at a blood drive hosted by Cameron University's Military Science department in conjunction with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). The drive will start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. and takes place in Room 209 of Burch Hall. Donors must be aged 17 and older and will receive Members for Life points to redeem at the OBI's online store, a Donor Hero t-shirt and a reminder keychain set to flash 56 days later as a reminder that the donor is eligible to give blood again. Parties wishing to participate should contact Diana Crage at 581-2340 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot on the schedule. Donors need to bring a valid photo I.D.
Why give blood?
- Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood.
- Blood is needed for emergencies and for people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell and other illnesses. Some people need regular blood transfusions to live.
- One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
- 95 percent of us will need blood at one point or another in our life times.
- Less than 5 percent of eligible donors give blood.
- If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future.
- Healthy donors are the only source of blood. There is no substitute.
April 16, 2009