Students, faculty, and staff lined up to give blood for Bloodanooga, a biannual campus blood donation drive to support Blood Assurance, a local non-profit blood center serving 47 counties in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia.
“We had a phenomenal turn-out. It was our biggest Bloodanooga ever. We had 445 donors in two days,” Carol Oglesby, Assistant Director of University Health Services, said.
According to Bonnie Phillips, Marketing and Special Events Coordinator for Blood Assurance, the 390 units collected during Bloodanooga equal close to a full day’s supply of blood.
“Our students, faculty, and staff understand it’s our responsibility to give back to the community. We’re proud to support our neighbors at Blood Assurance,” Oglesby said.
Participants also had an opportunity to sign up for the “Get in the Game, Save a Life” Be the Match registry. Partnered with The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation, Be the Match registry is the world’s largest hematopoietic cell registry that pairs stem cell donors with patients suffering from blood cancers. A total of 105 participants signed up for the registry.