ATLANTA, (Sept. 04, 2018) — Georgia State and Kennesaw State fans have an opportunity to help hospital patients in need and win bragging rights during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The universities are competing against each other to see which school can collect the most pints of blood. The Kennesaw State Blood Drives will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11 and Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the KSU Student Center University Room. Also, a blood drive will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Student Center Ballroom. The Georgia State University Blood Drives will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the GSU Sports Arena and noon to 6 p.m. at the GSU University Commons.
During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 15,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. Childhood cancer patients may need blood products on a regular basis during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications
“This friendly competition is a great way for students, facility, staff and fans to show school pride and help ensure a stable blood supply,” said Ronnika A. McFall, external communications manager of the American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and you never know when it could be your loved one.”
Donors of all blood types are encouraged to make an appointment. Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
How to donate blood
For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) sponsor codes for KSU blood drives: KSU, KSUM; sponsor codes for GSU blood drives: Georgiasu. Donors of all blood types are needed. 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 consent 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.
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, from a computer or mobile device, 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.