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Field of Wishes at TU to benefit Red Cross, Make-A-Wish

Southwest

April 1, 2012
 

Tulsa, Okla. — The University of Tulsa, in partnership with Make-A-Wish Oklahoma and the local American Red Cross, will host the fourth annual Field of Wishes, created to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions through fundraising and help save lives through blood donation.

The event, sponsored by TU student organizations Tulsa Energy Management Student Association and Chi Omega, will take place Friday, April 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at TU’s Donald W. Reynolds Center, 3208 E. Eighth St. The Red Cross blood drive will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 or free for those who present to donate blood. There will be a buffet dinner, courtesy of Tally’s Good Food Cafe, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in addition to activities such as soccer and frisbee, a movie and chances to win raffle prizes.

“TEMSA and Chi-O are excited Field of Wishes has become an annual spring event,” said Ted Jacobs, energy management director in the Collins College of Business at TU. “Every year has been more successful than the last one.”

Jacobs started Field of Wishes because both organizations are close to his heart, he said. His now-adult son, Justin, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was only 3 years old. When he relapsed about a year later, he needed red blood cells and platelets, as many cancer patients do. At 6 years old, through a Make-A-Wish sponsored trip, Justin and his family met then-President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C.

“Part of school is being involved with philanthropic events,” said Jacobs, also a board of directors member for the Red Cross who has undergone close to 150 apheresis sessions. “We have to create a new generation of giving.

“The blood donations and money collected at Field of Wishes will support two amazing causes. Both the Red Cross and Make-A-Wish work hard every single day in our community, and TU students and faculty are so pleased to partner with them again.”

Appointments to donate blood at Field of Wishes are not required but may be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visiting www.redcrossblood.org. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds.