UNC Wilmington CAA Blood Challenge
SUPPORT UNC WILMINGTON & HELP SAVE LIVES WITH AMERICAN RED CROSS
“UNCW/CAA Blood Challenge 2013”
The American Red Cross and UNC Wilmington are teaming up and inviting Seahawk supporters to dare to soar—and give the gift of life. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. UNCW is helping make sure that blood is available by sponsoring the CAA Blood Challenge 2013 with the Red Cross:
Thursday, September 19, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
UNCW Trask Coliseum
Those who come out to give blood will receive:
- A special UNCW/American Red Cross T-shirt
- A Sports Clips Coupon for a FREE haircut
- FREE pizza
- A chance to win a $1,000 gift card
Shannon Pease, UNCW Academic Coordinator, knows the need for blood firsthand. She received blood as a baby and credits being alive today because of it.
“I was born six weeks prematurely, weighing five pounds and three ounces. Fighting an infection, I had a 30 percent change of living,” said Shannon Pease, UNCW Academic Coordinator and blood recipient. “After receiving the blood, I was able to fight off the infection. I truly believe the kindness of the blood donor saved my life.”
By sponsoring a blood drive, UNCW is helping save and improve the lives of individuals in need of blood, like Shannon Pease. In addition, their sponsorship ensures that a safe blood supply is available at all times for all members of the community.
To schedule an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “CAA” or call Michelle Waters at 910-254-5320.
The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides blood to 103 hospitals and needs to have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be safely given every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.