KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Show your Bronco Pride by rolling up a sleeve and donating blood during the annual Bronco Blood Bash at Western Michigan University, Thursday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Bernhard Center, 1903 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo.
The Bronco Blood Bash is part of the WMU-CMU Blood Challenge, a friendly competition with Central Michigan University to see which school can collect the most pints of blood. The CMU portion of the challenge will run March 29.
“Both universities are hoping to collect at least 200 pints of blood during the challenge”, said J.P. Lanning, account manager for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “I wouldn’t be surprised if our dedicated WMU donors push the total over that!”
Since 1993, students, staff and alumni of Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University have joined forces to help save lives during the CMU-WMU Blood Challenge. The challenge comes at a perfect time as we transition from winter, which is often a challenging time for blood collection.
Everyone who comes to donate will receive a limited-edition “Bronco Blood Bash” T-shirt, while supplies last.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: broncobloodbash or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.