Warm-hearted blood donors needed Dec. 2

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Warm-hearted blood donors needed Dec. 2

November 28, 2011 

Northwestern Oklahoma State University invites all warm-hearted students and Alva area residents to give blood 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, in the Student Center Ranger Room. Anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older can donate blood.

The importance of this credit-to-patient blood drive is to lend a hand to one of its own who is battling leukemia.

Bradley Gilbert, a 2007 mass communications graduate from Enid, has battled leukemia for four years. After being in remission, the leukemia is back, and Gilbert will be in need of several blood products as he goes through his treatment.

“Oklahomans are warm-hearted, giving people who respond when they know of needs in their communities,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO.

“During the winter months, we especially ask people to take an hour to provide life-saving blood for someone who will need it just to make it through the day. Who knows? It could be a co-worker, neighbor, or even a member of our own family we are helping.”

Gilbert continues his current battle with leukemia and plans to have a bone marrow transplant as soon as the doctor's say he's ready.

Since there’s no substitute for blood, the supply must constantly be renewed. Although all blood types are needed, those with O Negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate.

According to the American Association of Blood Banks, those with O Negative blood type make up only 9 percent of the national population. However, O Negative blood can be used by anyone in emergency need when a patient’s blood type has not yet been identified.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate or to volunteer, contact Rachel Stewart, special events coordinator, at (580) 327-8178 or rsstewart@nwosu.edu.

Besides the satisfaction of knowing a Ranger is being helped and other lives are being saved, donors will receive a free t-shirt, health screenings and donor rewards points. Students also will be able to register for various prizes.