Donors sought to help alleviate increasing shortage of blood

Donors sought to help alleviate increasing shortage of blood
October 15, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

More than 14 million blood transfusions are performed every year. A person in the United States needs blood every two seconds. A single car accident victim may need as many as 100 units of blood. Yet “baby boomers,” who make up the majority of blood donors, are aging, and as they grow older, fewer are eligible to give blood. The Office of University Ministry and the American Red Cross will host a Blood Drive from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 in the Krasa Student Center on the campus of Benedictine University. Donors can schedule an appointment by logging on to www.givebloodgivelife.org and using sponsor code 3775, or by contacting Brother Rick Poro, O.S.B., pastoral associate for Peace and Justice, at (630) 829-6033. Donors are reminded to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water prior to donating. A photo identification card is required. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.