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WMU-CMU Compete in Annual "Blood Challenge"

Great Lakes

March 21, 2014



Lansing, MI—March 21—Western Michigan University and Central 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 WMU-CMU 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 WMU’s campus alone is 308 units, which could have the power to positively impact 924 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 9 at Western Michigan University.  Below is a list of blood drives on campus during that time.  Everyone who comes out to donate will receive a free ‘WMU-CMU Blood Challenge’ t-shirt, while supplies last.


Week 1


Monday, March 24 at Bernhard Center, 1:00pm to 6:45pm

Tuesday, March 25 at Miller Auditorium, 11:00am to 4:45pm

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

Monday, March 31 at Lee Honors, 1:00pm to 6:45pm


Week 2


                        Tuesday, April 1 at Zimmerman Hall, 1:00pm to 6:45pm

                        Wednesday, April 2 College of Health/Human Services, 11:00am to 4:45pm

                        Thursday, April 3 at College of Engineering, 10:15am to 4:00pm

                        Wednesday, April 9 at Draper Hall, 12:00pm to 5:45pm


To donate blood or find other opportunities contact the Red Cross at  (sponsor code: WMU) 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 t