Red Cross summons all Wildcats to help save a life

September 15, 2014

The American Red Cross is calling all Wildcats to roll up their sleeves and help save a life at the annual fall blood drive scheduled for Sept. 23-26. Blood collected at this drive could help save those in need like Kansas State University Assistant Professor, Dr. Kelly Welch.

Welch received blood while undergoing treatment for breast cancer and for a subsequent infection.

“I am here because people I will never know chose to give blood,” said Dr. Welch. “I challenge the students, faculty and staff at KSU to make time this week to give blood and help someone who may be in a fight for their life, as I was during my cancer treatment.”

Kansas State University Blood Drive:

Sept. 23-25 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, 2nd floor, Kansas State University

Sept.23-25 from 2:30-8 p.m. at Putnam Hall Lobby, Kansas State University

Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom,2nd floor, Kansas State University

“When you consider that just about every two seconds someone in the US needs blood,” said Bill Snyder, Kansas State University head football coach. “You realize how important it is to help the Red Cross get the word out on the need for blood. I’m sure there are a lot of Wildcats ready to roll up their sleeves and help save a life.”

To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit and search sponsor code kstate or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). All those coming to donate will be entered to win a pair of tickets to watch a Kansas State University football practice

Also, donate blood during the Kansas State University Blood Drive and send a photo either during or after donation to the @KSUBloodDrive twitter handle or the KSU Blood Drive Facebook Community page to be entered to win a daily drawing for two free entries from Texas Roadhouse.

Organizers hope to collect 700 pints of blood during the four-day drive. Giving blood is a simple way to put Kansas State’s spirit of service into action and help change lives. A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 (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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.