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Blood drive kicks off ‘56 Days Club’

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The President’s Dining Room was transformed into a blood bank on March 26 where many students donated blood to the American Red Cross. Ashley Angle, a junior, donates platelets every two months. The “56 Day Club” was launched to increase donations. / photo by Lauren Pollard

The President’s Dining Room was transformed into a blood bank on March 26 where many students donated blood to the American Red Cross. Ashley Angle, a junior, donates platelets every two months. The “56 Day Club” was launched to increase donations. / photo by Lauren Pollard

The American Red Cross conducted a blood drive on Wednesday which included the launch of the 56 Days Club.

The group was started by Al Clark, associate vice president of academic affairs, as an incentive to get the ULV community to donate more blood.

“The 56 Days Club is where people – employees and students – can sign a certificate and actually pledge to donate blood every 56 days, with the exception of them being ill or out-of-town,” Clark said.

Fifty-six days is the shortest period a healthy adult can wait from one blood donation to the next.

The blood drive was held in the President’s Dining Room, which was filled with for the event with chairs, beds and divided stations used to screen donors.

“I extended an invitation to those who I saw regularly coming to donate and as of today we have 14 people who signed up, and 13 out of 14 of those signed up on Wednesday,” Clark said. “It’s open to employees and students, to anyone who is willing to sign-up,” Clark said.

Director of Purchasing and Procurement Debbie Deacy donated blood and was proud to say that she had signed the pledge to donate blood every 56 days.

“Today was the inaugural signing of the 56 Days Club,” Deacy said. “I’ve donated blood before and I’m excited to have signed.”

After 20 minutes of waiting, communications major Ashley Angle was ready start her donation.

“I love donating blood. I have an A- blood type, which is pretty rare,” Angle said.

To be eligible to donate blood, individuals must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and meet a list of other screening criteria.

Senior art major Amri Covarrubias became a donor through the motivation of her older sister.

“I have the most common blood type so it makes me feel good that I’m saving three lives every time I donate blood,” Covarrubias said.

Monica Esparza can be reached at mesparza2@ulv.edu
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