Hoosiers Unite at Coach Hep Cancer Challenge Blood Drive

October 8, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.(October 8, 2010) – IU Football Coach Terry Hoeppner passed away on June 19, 2007 after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer. Although he was only at Indiana University for a short time, “Coach Hep’s” impact will be felt for many decades to come.

Join the Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge, the IU Student Alumni Association and the American Red Cross for the Coach Hep Cancer Challenge Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Indiana University DeVault Alumni Center.


Coach Hep Cancer Challenge Blood Drive

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

IU DeVault Alumni Center

1000 E. 17th St.

Bloomington, Ind.

The Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge was created in memory of Hoeppner. Its mission is to apply Coach Hep’s “don’t quit” determination and optimism to help fund cancer research, treatment and education in Indiana. CHICC volunteers will be at the October 12 blood drive to provide information about the 2011 CHICC event, and Coach Hep gear will also be available for purchase.

The Coach Hep Cancer Challenge blood drive is part of the IU Blood Donor Challenge, which started in September and continues through Friday, October 22.  The annual Challenge started out as a friendly competition between the Indiana University Alumni Association and the Purdue Alumni Association in 1997 that encouraged Indiana residents to donate blood. Although Purdue no long participates in the Challenge, the Hoosiers carry on the tradition of helping patients who need lifesaving blood. Competitions between regional campuses, chapters across the country, constituent societies, student organizations and other community groups are encouraged to participate.

All IU fans are invited to show their school spirit and honor the memory of Coach Hep by giving blood!

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 permission 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 donors18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.


Media Contact: Karen Stecher (309) 636-4422