KOKOMO, Ind. – Help save lives and sign up to give blood at the 14th Annual Blood Donor Challenge Blood Drive, sponsored by the Indiana University Kokomo Student Alumni Association, on Thursday, October 7, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130.
The blood donor challenge is a friendly competition among IU campuses, with a university-wide goal of 3,000 units of blood. The Kokomo campus' goal is 60 units.
Tali Harris, R.N. M.S.N., serves as the campus' honorary co-chair this year. Tali is a visiting lecturer at the School of Nursing, and is the wife of IU Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris.
"Donating blood is a selfless act of caring and generosity," said Tali Harris, who has worked as a registered nurse for nearly 32 years. "As an R.N., I know that blood donors provide the gift of life every time they bravely step forward. From my own experience, it always feels better to give than to receive, especially with blood."
Last year, the IUKSAA was named Student Organization Winner after 174 units of blood was donated, due largely in part to the American Red Cross' involvement with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" filming that was going on at the time.
Cathy Valcke, advisor for the IUKSAA and director of alumni relations, stressed the importance of giving when no one is looking.
"This is a great opportunity for the campus and community to get involved by giving blood," Valcke said. "There are so many lives that can be saved by donating blood."
Please go to www.givelife.org and enter sponsor code "iukokomo" to schedule your blood donation appointment, or call the IU Kokomo Office of Alumni Relations at (765) 455-9411, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year, in all, Indiana University collected 3,052 units of blood, which translates into saving 9,156 lives.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.