Tuesday, April 23, 2013

OU Athletics Blood Drive Set for April 23-24

The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department will open arms and doors for a two-day Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) drive. Anyone 16 years or older and in good health is encouraged to donate.

The blood drive will be held inside Gaylord Memorial Stadium, beneath the clock on the north side, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23 and 24. Each donor will receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last, health screenings and donor rewards points.

Last year, some 130 staff and students donated at this annual blood drive. Since every donation can save the lives of as many as three people, 390 lives were saved as a result of the 2012 blood drive. This year, organizes hope to see participation in the event increase.

Men's basketball coach Lon Kruger appreciates those who have donated in the past and present.

"From my own personal history, my parents needed blood," he said. " It's something you can do that, afterward, you feel good about it."

"We've all known someone involved in a catastrophe, especially here in Oklahoma with natural disasters," said women's basketball coach Sherri Coale. "The need to have a healthy blood bank is huge. It's something we can all do, and it's so easy."

Those attending will also be able to register to potentially be a marrow donor. Marrow registrants must be between 18 and 44 years old. Through a 10-minute registration process, they commit to marrow donation if someone, for whom they are a life-saving match, ever needs a marrow transplant.

"There's no doubt that OU Athletics produces winning teams," said John Armitage, M.D., OBI president and CEO. "Today, they are leading the university in selfless giving to, literally, save lives. You can be certain they are champions in the eyes of all Oklahomans who will need life-saving blood in the next few weeks."

Blood donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute provide every drop of blood needed by patients in 140 medical facilities statewide. This includes all metro Oklahoma City-area hospitals. Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in America.

Donation requirements: 16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17-year- olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and individuals 18 or older must weigh at least 110 pounds. 

/// SoonerSports PR
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