The American Red Cross is very grateful to the University of Missouri and the Columbia community for another very successful blood drive.
October 22, 2009
The American Red Cross Red Cross and the University of Missouri recently teamed up for the third most successful Homecoming Blood Drive since the event began in 1985.
The Red Cross collected 4,167 units of blood Oct. 13-15, exceeding the goal of 3,653 units. The blood collected at Mizzou will potentially help save the lives of more than 12,000 individuals.
In addition to donating blood, Missouri students were heavily involved as volunteers, helping to register donors, staff the canteen, direct donors to beds, and many other activities.
Scott Rowland, a senior marketing major and cancer survivor, spoke at the Opening Ceremony. After volunteering to help at the Homecoming Drive months in advance, Rowland was subsequently diagnosed with testicular cancer, but the cancer is now in remission thanks to an aggressive chemotherapy schedule.
Since the annual Homecoming Drive began, more than 90,000 units of blood have been donated at the event.