UTHSC Students Working with Lifeblood to Increase Donations

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Students are teaming up with Lifeblood to hold six campus blood drives for the upcoming academic year. With a goal of obtaining 150 units of blood per drive, the kick-off drive is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) are teaming up with Lifeblood to hold six campus blood drives for the upcoming academic year. With a goal of obtaining 150 units of blood per drive, the kick-off drive is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 1.

Two Lifeblood buses will be parked on the UTHSC campus for each event, offering easy access to students, faculty and staff who wish to donate. One bus will be parked in front of the Cecil B. Humphreys General Education Building at the corner of Dunlap and Madison, and a second will be in front of the 910 Madison Avenue Building.

Entitled, “Volunteer Donors,” the program is being organized by volunteers representing the entire UTHSC student body. The program’s motto, “With us, patient care is personal,” underscores the students’ commitment to support Lifeblood and the Memphis community.

“Students are excited about volunteering for Lifeblood because every drop collected stays in the Memphis area, and one donation can help up to four people,” said Stephanie Baker, 2005-2006 Pharmacy Student Government Association president. “UTHSC has hosted blood drives in the past, but the student body has never partnered with one organization until now,” said Baker. She also noted that the students are encouraging greater campus involvement which they hope will lead to increased donations.

Lifeblood, Memphis’ only full-service volunteer blood center, provides about 60 percent of the blood needed by the local community.