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University of Illinois Offers Help to Patients in Need

Heart of America

January 24, 2012
 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (January 24, 2012) – The University of Illinois and Indiana University 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 U of I students, staff, faculty and alumni donate blood during the eight-week event.

“Our partnership with the University of Illinois will help many patients in need across the country,” said Shelly Heiden, 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 Border Challenge Blood Donation Opportunities

  • January 26, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Illini Union (Illini Room A), 1401 W. Green St., Urbana (sponsored by U of I Illini Volunteer Project)
  • January 27, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Illini Union (Illini Room A), 1401 W. Green St., Urbana (sponsored by U of I Illini Volunteer Project)
  • January 27, 2012, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., U of I YMCA basement, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign
  • February 3, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., U of I YMCA basement, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign (sponsored by the U of I American Medical Student Association)
  • February 6, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kappa Delta Rho, 1110 S. 2nd St., Champaign
  • February 6, 2012, noon to 4 p.m., U of I Knights of Columbus, 604 E. Armory Ave., Champaign
  • February 8, 2012, noon to 6 p.m., U of I Campus Recreation Gym 2, 201 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign
  • February 9, 2012, noon to 5 p.m., Kappa Alpha Psi, 1005 W. College Ct., Florida Avenue Residence Hall, Urbana
  • February 10, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., U of I YMCA basement, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign (sponsored by U of I Engineering Council)
  • February 10, 2012, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., U of I Illini Union (Room 314), 1401 W. Green St., Urbana (sponsored by U of I Taiwanese American Students Club)
  • February 17, 2012, noon to 6 p.m., U of I Campus Recreation Gym 2, 201 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign
  • February 20, 2012, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., U of I YMCA basement, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign (sponsored by Sigma Beta Rho)
  • February 22, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., U of I YMCA basement, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign (sponsored by U of I FarmHouse)
  • February 23, 2012, noon to 4 p.m., Psi Upsilon, 313 E. Armory Ave., Champaign
  • February 24, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., U of I YMCA basement, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign (sponsored by U of I American Medical Student Association)
  • February 25, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., U of I YMCA basement, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign (sponsored by U of I Illini Secular Student Alliance)
  • February 27, 2012, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., U of I YMCA basement, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign (sponsored by Alpha Chi Rho)
  • February 28, 2012, noon to 4 p.m., Theta Xi, 205 E. Armory Ave., Champaign

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.