Join the American Red Cross in helping to save lives at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Blood Drive Tuesday, Feb. 14, Wednesday, Feb. 15, and Thursday Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Ullsvik Hall. Blood collected at this drive could help patients like University Wisconsin-Platteville student, Robyn Maxey.
Maxey received blood while undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
"I am here because people I will never know chose to give blood,” said Maxey. “I encourage all students, faculty, staff, and community members to give blood and help someone who may be in the fight for their life, as I was during my cancer treatment.”
Chancellor Dennis Shields invites students, staff, faculty and the community to join him as he rolls up his sleeve to give blood. “The relationship between UW-Plattevillle and the Red Cross is a great opportunity for residents of Platteville to rally around a life-saving cause,” said Shields. “If you are on or off campus there’s no better way to celebrate the giving nature of the community than by helping the Red Cross maintain a sufficient blood supply.”
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 Red Cross is grateful to UW-Platteville and dedicated fans for supporting those in need by donating lifesaving blood,” said Randy Place, donor recruitment account manager for the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We’re asking the public, all Pioneers fans and alumni to show their school pride by giving the gift of life to patients in need.”
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. The Red Cross is hoping to collect 300 pints of blood each day from this blood drive.
The Red Cross’ We Challenge U program, encourages college students to get involved in the community by organizing blood drives and recruiting friends and faculty to give blood during winter months. The organizers, including the Residence Hall Association, the National Residence Hall Honorary and Delta Sigma Phi anticipate to collect 300 pints of blood each day during the three-day drive. Giving blood is a simple way to put UW-Platteville’s spirit of service into action and help save lives. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge U T-shirt, while supplies last. 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.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org 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.