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Blood Sport: MAAC Challenge

Friday, October 07, 2011

By Eric Guzman '12

The American Red Cross Club’s first blood drive of the semester came at a critical time for the Capital Region and proved to be a resounding success.

“With the terrible weather we’ve had in this area, local blood drives have been canceled resulting in a loss of hundreds of units of blood,” said American Red Cross Account Manager Erin Wascavage.

First-time donor Lauren Griffith ’15 was a little nervous about giving blood, but thought it was an important way to help those in need. “Everyone knows someone who has needed blood, or will need it in the future. If you’re able to donate, it’s a great thing to do,” said Griffith.

The blood drive came with a little friendly competition. The 10 colleges and universities in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference created the “MAAC Challenge Blood Drive.” The schools are competing to see which campus can collect the most units of blood during one of their American Red Cross Club blood drives. At the end of the academic year, the school that collects the most units at a single blood drive will receive a commemorative trophy, presented by MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor, Esq. No matter which school wins, they will all save lives.

Siena’s blood drive collected 247 units of blood, surpassing its goal of 225. Siena currently leads the “MAAC Challenge.” Marist and Manhattan have held their events, while other MAAC schools have their blood drives scheduled for later in the semester or next spring.

After her donation, an excited Lauren Griffith was glad she faced her fear and participated in the “MAAC Challenge.” “It was over before I knew it. That was probably the easiest volunteer work I’ve ever done! I’m definitely donating again,” Griffith said.

Siena’s American Red Cross Club has four blood drives planned for the school year. It also sponsors programs such as Scrubby Bears to teach children proper hygiene techniques, Senior Services to engage with local senior centers and the annual Red Cross Race which raised more than $6,000 in donations last year. Members can also receive free CPR certification through the club.

Contact: Ken Jubie
Contact E-mail: communications@siena.edu

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