Civil War Blood Drive 2002

PORTLAND, ORE., October 24, 2002 - This year, Oregon's football teams won't just be competing for points...they're out for blood.

The American Red Cross and Lane Memorial Blood Bank are partnering with the alumni of Oregon State University and University of Oregon to improve community blood supplies through a first annual, two-week, statewide Civil War Blood Drive Rally.

Alumni, students, parents, faculty and friends of both the U of O and OSU are invited to schedule an appointment to donate blood between November 4 and 20 at any local blood drive statewide. Donors will be able to sign "Civil War Blood Drive Honor Rolls" on behalf of their favored team and a final tally of donations by will be made and the winning university will be honored during the annual Civil War Football game on November 23 in Corvallis.

The OSU campus drive will be taking place Nov. 12-14 at the Memorial Union. All supporters who participate in the Nov. 4 kick-off at the Portland Donor Center will be eligible to win two tickets to the 2002 Civil War game at Reser Stadium compliments of the OSU Alumni Association.

While it's up to the players to win the football game, OSU President, Paul Risser and his wife Les Risser remind fans to do their part in supporting OSU by donating blood.

"This is something that will continue to have an impact long after the game score is forgotten," Paul Risser said. "I encourage our alumni and friends throughout the state to join the hundreds of students, faculty, and staff on our campus who consistently set records for blood donations each year."

"An enormous amount of media hype surrounds the Civil War game each year. It would be wonderful if we could channel all of that energy into something which has a lasting, positive, and far-reaching impact," said Les Risser. "A statewide blood drive encourages all of us to participate, to donate, and to recognize that we can make a difference in the lives of others."

While donating blood often takes a back seat to holiday plans in November and December, blood transfusion needs remain constant, or even rise throughout December. Because blood has a shelf life of 42 days, donations during the month of November will help sustain lifesaving blood inventories throughout the critical holiday season.

In Portland: To schedule a blood donation or find your nearest blood drive, call (503) 284-4040, or via email at harrellj@usa.redcross.org. In Lane County: Contact the Lane Memorial Blood Bank to schedule an appointment to donate, (541) 484-9111. Statewide: If you live in another part of the state, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to find a drive near you or schedule a donation. (If you are signing up for the November 4th kick-off at the Portland Donor Center, be sure to indicate that you want your donation to go toward the Beavers' total.)

Donors who prefer to make a financial contribution to the American Red Cross or Lane Memorial Blood Bank, should contact their local Red Cross chapter.

American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Services is the sole supplier of blood and blood products to over 80 hospitals in Oregon, Washington and Southeast Alaska. The region is the eighth largest of 36 American Red Cross blood regions. In order to meet the needs of its patients, PNWRBS must collect at least 5,000 pints of blood each week. For more information visit www.pdxredx.org.

Lane Memorial Blood Bank is Lane County's only nonprofit blood center and has been serving the community since 1961. LMBB is responsible for supplying patients with needed blood products in the county's medical facilities. It relies on volunteer donors from the community to fulfill a critical community service-providing an adequate and safe supply.

More information can be found on the OSU Alumni Association web site.


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