University of Wisconsin Blood Drive Held in Memory of Maureen Grant
MADISON, Wis. - On March 8, the University of Wisconsin-Madison community will have the opportunity to honor the memory of Maureen Grant, a former UW Libraries employee of 26 years. Grant tragically died after being struck by a bus while walking across University Avenue on June 22, 2011. This winter, eligible blood donors are encouraged to pay tribute to Grant by donating blood through the American Red Cross.
Grant was a longtime Red Cross blood donor, frequently donating at the UW Libraries blood drives or in her hometown of New Glarus, Wis. Colleagues remember her as a vibrant, passionate and inquisitive individual with contagious optimism. Grant’s husband, Jim, and daughter, Hillary, said she “loved working for the University of Wisconsin at Memorial Library” and they’re grateful for those who are supporting the upcoming blood drive in Maureen’s memory.
“Maureen was a talented employee and trusted friend who is sorely missed,” said Jackie Crinion, a former colleague of Maureen’s within Memorial Library’s Acquisitions Department. “We hope others will join us in celebrating her life and longstanding contributions to the university by giving the gift of life to patients in need.”
Nationwide, an average of 44,000 blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders. The blood supply is particularly vulnerable to periodic shortages during the winter months due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood while helping patients in need and honoring the memory of Maureen Grant.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.