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 located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.