University of Wisconsin Offers Help to Patients in Need
The Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota enjoy friendly rivalries and competing on the playing field, but they share a common cause. They are helping save lives through the American Red Cross Border Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to have UW-Madison students, staff, faculty and alumni donate blood during the eight-week event.
“Our partnership with UW-Madison will help many patients in need across the country,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “The Border Challenge is a chance for students to show their school spirit while supporting a great cause.”
The Border Challenge is a partnership between six schools in the Big Ten Conference and the American Red Cross Blood Services. Each of the six schools is working with their local Red Cross to set up blood drives from January 1 through February 29. The goal is to help boost blood supplies during challenging winter months when inclement weather and cold and flu season traditionally impact donors’ availability to give.
Upcoming Big Ten Challenge Blood Donation Opportunities
1/24/2012, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm, DoIT, 1210 W Dayton St
1/25/2012, 9:00 am- 2:00 pm, Microbial Sciences, 1550 Linden Dr
1/26/2012, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm, YoungBlood, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
1/27/2012, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm, YoungBlood, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
1/31/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Chadbourne Hall, 420 N Park St
2/2/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Lakeshore Residence, 1515 Tripp Cir
2/2/2012, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm, YoungBlood, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
2/3/2012, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm, YoungBlood, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
2/3/2012, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, University Apartments Community Center, 611 Eagle Heights
2/8/2012, 11:00 am- 6:00 pm, Bucky’s Blood Drive, Ogg Hall, 835 W Dayton St
2/9/2012, 11:00 am- 6:00 pm, Bucky’s Blood Drive, Ogg Hall, 835 W Dayton St
2/10/2012, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm, YoungBlood, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
2/13/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Sellery Hall, 821 W Johnson St
2/15/2012, 9:00 am- 2:00 pm, UW Student Athlete Advisory Committee, McClain Athletic Facility, 1436 Monroe St
2/16/2012, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm, YoungBlood, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
2/17/2012, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm, YoungBlood, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
2/20/2012, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Smith Hall, 35 N Park St
2/20/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Witte Hall, 615 W Johnson St
2/21/2012, 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm, Red Gym, 716 Langdon St
2/23/2012, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm, YoungBlood, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
2/24/2012, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm, YoungBlood, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
2/28/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Elizabeth Waters Hall, 1200 Observatory Dr
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.