Help save lives at Ogg Hall Feb. 22-23
Join the American Red Cross in helping to save lives at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Bucky’s Blood Drive Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Ogg Hall. All participants will receive a Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last and be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Greg Gard autographed basketball.
Those who wish to register to be a bone marrow donor can do so at this blood drive with no cost through a simple cheek swab by DKMS. Participants can then be added to the national Be The Match Registry®, where doctors can search to find a matching donor for their patient.
All those who come to donate from Jan. 30 to Feb. 26, 2017, are eligible to receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email for making blood and platelet donation a priority this winter.
“Blood and platelet donations are needed so patients can receive lifesaving treatments,” said Ethan Bramschrieber, donor recruitment account manager for the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs.”
Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
The need for blood is constant. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 14,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients in Wisconsin and across the country. Donors with all blood types are currently needed.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org using sponsor code “BADGERS” 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.