Posted: Apr 11, 2013 8:53 PM by KOMU 8 Staff
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri and American Red Cross Spring Blood Drive ended Thursday and it closed on a high note; Thursday saw 556 pints of blood collected, bringing the three-day total to 1,700 pints. The Red Cross had set a goal of 1,500 pints for the three day blood drive.
Because each donation could help save up to three lives, more than 5,000 lives could be saved thanks in part to the generosity of local donors.
"The Red Cross thanks the University, the students and members of the Columbia community for their hard work in making this blood drive another success for us and the hospitals we serve," said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. "Everyone who took part is truly a hero, and their dedication is greatly appreciated."
Blood donated at the Mizzou Spring Blood Drive may help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery. The Red Cross and student organizers have already begun planning for the 2013 University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive scheduled this fall.