DETROIT, Mich. — The American Red Cross and Marygrove College Wellness will once again team up to save lives by holding a community blood drive Thursday (Oct. 30) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Marygrove’s campus. Taking place in the Madame Cadillac Building’s Alumni Hall, the blood drive is open to the public as Marygrove Wellness looks to continue their record-breaking donor numbers.
Spearheaded by William Pugh, Marygrove’s Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine & Wellness, the event marks the first of two blood drives to be held on the northwest Detroit campus during the 2014-15 academic year. Pugh, along with a great group of student leaders, led a blood drive in April (2014) that resulted in the collection of 38 pints of blood – potentially saving up to 114 lives. In all, Pugh has orchestrated two blood drives on campus for the past five years as the College continues to support the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross.
Much like last year, the upcoming blood drive will be co-chaired by a pair of Marygrove student-athletes representing the American Red Cross and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Leadership Program. Tico Dalipi and Kaitlyn Vigna will assist Pugh in making the day a success as they open the blood drive to the public. For his efforts, Dalipi was selected as one of a handful of students across the NAIA’s landscape to attend a two-week leadership summit last summer in Washington, D.C. Dalipi blogged about his experience in the nation’s capital here.
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will receive priority so please schedule your appointment today. Interested donors can register online at http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. If registering online, please use sponsor code: marygrovecollege.
The Oct. 30 drive features a drawing for a free iPod! Lucky Marygrove community members that attempt to give blood will be entered for a chance to win the iPod, courtesy of our good friends at Beaumont Health System.
“This is a critical time for our community’s blood supply,” said Pugh. “Cancer patients, trauma victims and victims of natural disasters, premature babies and those living with chronic blood diseases benefit from the generous donations of donors like you. I look forward to Thursday’s blood drive and thank everyone in advance for helping save lives in our community.”