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CMU-WMU Compete in Annual 'Blood Challenge'

Great Lakes

March 21, 2014



Lansing, MI—March 21—Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University are continuing a long-time tradition to see which school can collect the most blood and help save the most lives.


The 2014 CMU-WMU Blood Challenge is a chance for students, alumni, faculty and staff at both universities to show their school spirit and help the American Red Cross maintain an adequate blood supply after the challenging winter months.  The goal for CMU’s campus alone is 245 units, which could have the power to positively impact 735 lives!


“The blood collected will go to patients who need it for a variety of reasons,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region.  “That could be routine surgery to trauma, to diseases such as sickle cell and cancer.”


The blood challenge runs from March 24 – April 4 at Central Michigan University.  Below is a list of blood drives on campus during that time.  Everyone who comes out to donate will receive a free ‘CMU-WMU Blood Challenge’ t-shirt, while supplies last.


Week 1


Monday, March 24 at Emmons Hall (Lobby), 12:00pm to 5:45pm

Tuesday, March 24 at Kulhavi Hall (Towers), 12:00pm to 5:45pm

Wednesday, March 26 at Sweeney Hall, 12:00pm to 5:45pm

Thursday, March 27 at University Center (Terrace Rooms), 12:00pm to 5:45pm


Week 2


                        Wednesday, April 2 at Kulhavi Hall (Towers), 12:00pm to 5:45pm

                        Thursday, April 3 at University Center (Rotunda), 12:00pm to 5:45pm

                        Friday, April 4 at Emmons Hall (Lobby), 12:00pm to 5:45pm


To donate blood or find other opportunities contact the Red Cross at  (sponsor code: CMU) or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 


How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.


About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. 03/14AP085