UW-Madison occupational therapy program hosts blood drive in honor of Dr. Mary Schneider

April 3, 2013

MADISON, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Madison occupational therapy program will host a blood drive on April 11 in honor of Dr. Mary Schneider, a longtime professor and researcher in the program who received several blood transfusions to help combat her recent bout with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“Dr. Schneider is the grateful recipient of many pints of blood, and it’s a privilege to honor her by organizing this blood drive on campus,” said volunteer blood drive coordinator and research assistant, Nick Hendrickson. “Many students and colleagues have wished her well through this difficult time, and we hope those who are eligible to donate will join us on April 11.”

Thursday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UW-Madison Medical Science Center, Room 2150
1300 University Ave., Madison, Wis.

Dr. Schneider has trained generations of occupational therapists and conducted in-depth research on the effects of fetal alcohol exposure, prenatal stress and sensory processing disorders. She developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer involving cells of the immune system, in December 2011 and  underwent months of treatment. After receiving several transfusions, her health is gradually returning to full strength and she encourages others to help replenish the blood supply.

Blood donations collected at the blood drives in honor of Dr. Schneider may be used for trauma victims – due to accidents and burns – heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies, patients with complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (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.

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.