Community urged to help save lives at ‘49ers 4 Life’ Blood Drive

January 9, 2018
 

 

The American Red Cross and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are partnering for the 9th Annual ‘49ers 4 Life’ Blood Drive to help hospital patients depending on blood products. Eligible blood donors are invited to roll up a sleeve and donate blood on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Barnhardt Student Activity Center.

This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces a winter blood shortage. Winter storms this month have forced many blood drives to cancel causing thousands of blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Blood are urgently needed now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they are coming in.

Ushvani Jagedo knows firsthand how important it is for blood to be available during an emergency. The UNCC alumna needed transfusions as a teenager when her hemoglobin levels fell dangerously low due to a condition called iron-deficiency anemia.

“On my 15th birthday, I woke up in an ambulance after collapsing,” said Jagedo. “I needed three units of blood to improve my hemoglobin levels.” Jagedo credits blood donors with saving her life. To pay it forward, she is urging students and her UNCC colleagues to roll up a sleeve and donate blood.

Presenting donors at the ‘49ers4Life’ Blood Drive will receive a specially designed Red Cross T-shirt, food from local restaurants and giveaways.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “49ers4Life” 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 and platelet donors can 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. 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.

 

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