Editorial | Students looking to give back to Oxford can start by giving blood
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 00:09
With close to 600 blood donations in a two-day period and about 400 first-time donors participating, the Dayton Community Blood Center’s (CBC) Greek Week Blood Drive in Shriver Center was quite the success on campus this past Tuesday and Wednesday. It was fitting that the first day of the blood drive took place on Tuesday, Sept. 11 with the blood drive reaching 86 percent of it’s projected goal for that day. The CBC reaches 15 different counties including Butler County, serving Mcullough-Hyde Hospital. They have also been partnering with Miami University since 1978.
“We exceeded our expected appointments,” Greek Week Director of Service Events Kelly Stincer said. “The blood drive collected 618 units of blood, we really did amazing this year.”
Every unit of blood that is donated can save up to three lives. This aspect of donating seemed especially important on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks for Miami students.
“Doing something good in remembrance of those on 9/11 motivated students to come in,” Stincer said. “Not just those in Greek life, but faculty and other students as well.”
According to a study by the American Association of Blood Banks there are about 9.2 million volunteers a year donating blood, 30.9 percent of which are first-time blood donors. However, even though 38 percent of the U.S. population can donate blood, only 10 percent do so annually. Everyday 41,000 units of blood is needed in hospitals and emergency rooms for cancer patients, organ transplant recipients and accident and trauma victims in the United States.
“It’s really something that anyone can do if they want to give back,” Stincer said. “Most college students are healthy and able-bodied people, and it really doesn’t take much to participate in these events. It’s a 30-45 minute process.”
Blood donation events on college campuses can help hospitals and patients locally. The Miami Student Editorial Board encourages students to take time out of their day and to donate blood and to give back to the Oxford community. The next chance to do so will be on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in Shriver Center. Miami University faculty and staff will be sponsoring the event with CBC to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Blood drives are always open to everyone, and having them at Miami is a great way to bring different groups of people together to donate,” CBC Marketing Director Mark Pompilio said.
Cancer patients going through Chemotherapy and other treatments are impacted greatly by the loss of blood cells. Blood transfusions are vital for cancer patients, making this blood drive like all other ones extremely vital to saving lives.
“Anyone is welcome to come. It is not as big as Greek Week so students can get through lines quicker,” faculty coordinator of the blood drive Susan Gibson said.
The board hopes to see students, faculty and members of the Oxford community come together at this event to donate and give back. For more information on requirements to donate blood and this event visit CBC’s website at givingblood.org