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Answering the call

Written by Mike Thee
December 17, 2009

The Puget Sound Blood Center reports that December’s on-campus blood and bone marrow registry drives yielded great results. “We had 69 people who came to donate blood,” reports Kim Gitt,donor resources representative at the Blood Center. From these volunteers, the center’s staff was able to collect 47 units of blood. “Since each donation can go to three different people, this drive went towards saving or dramatically improving the lives of up to 141 patients in our community,” Gitt says. She adds that 21 of the drive’s donors gave blood for the first time.

Adding up all drives at SU during 2009, donors have contributed 394 units of blood. “That means up to 1,182 patients in the Puget Sound area have benefited from Seattle U donors,” Gitt says.

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With the latest donations, SU continues its tradition of providing significantly to the wider community’s ongoing need for blood, which the blood center recognized in 2008 by giving the university a Community Service Award.

As for the National Bone Marrow Registry, 66 SU people signed up during last week’s drive. “These additions will increase the odds of the 6,000 patients who search the registry daily in hopes of finding a match,” says Gitt.

The next campus blood drive will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The mobile will be located in the Bellarmine Turnaround (12th and Columbia). You can already make appointments online at Puget Sound Blood Center

Since you can donate every 56 days, anyone who gave blood at the Dec. 1-2 drive is eligible to donate again on the Jan. 26 or 27.