Thank you to everyone who came to give the gift of life at the 31st annual Carolina Blood Drive. We collected 779 productive units! This was in large part to an amazing 277 Power Red donations. A special thank you to Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz for giving the gift of life at the 31st annual Carolina Blood Drive. We’re grateful for your donation and leadership!
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2019 Carolina Blood Drive – June 4
The Carolina community is invited to bleed Carolina blue by donating blood at the 31st annual Carolina Blood Drive 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. June 4 at the Dean E. Smith Center .
Presenting donors will receive a commemorative Carolina Blood Drive T-shirt and free food. There will be plenty of free parking at the Smith Center, or ride with Chapel Hill Transit. For UNC-Chapel Hill employees, time spent donating is considered work time, with permission from a supervisor.
Schedule your appointment today – visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or use the Blood Donor App and enter sponsor code UNC. Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the drive, but appointments are encouraged.
For additional details or to volunteer, visit Carolina Blood Drive. Your generous donation and time volunteering makes all the difference.
Carolina Blood Drive reaches 100,000 lives impacted by blood donations
One hundred thousand is a big number. And thanks to the Carolina community, the Carolina Blood drive has reached a major milestone; helping to save more than 100,000 lives through blood donations since the Carolina Blood Drive began in 1989. Combined, the Carolina Blood Drive and Holiday Carolina Blood Drive have collected 33,367 pints of blood. Since every blood donation has the potential to help save three lives, Carolina Blood Drives helped reach 100,101 lives.
Naqun Hill is one in 100,000. And just one reason Tar Heels roll up their sleeve to give blood.
For 25 years, Hill, a business officer in pediatric dentistry, donated blood. But it’s being on the receiving end of blood donations that make him thankful for the generosity of so many Tar Heels who give blood.
“When I could donate blood, I gave blood at any blood drive that I could,” Hill said. “I always wanted to do my part.” But since coming down with the neurological disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome in 2007 he has be unable to donate blood. That’s what makes these 33,367 pints of blood so important. Hill is one of the 100,000 lives saved by blood donations.
“Every month, I have intravenous immunoglobulin treatments, which basically means that my plasma is cleaned and I receive fresh plasma from donated blood,” Hill said. “I would not be alive today if it were not for those treatments.”
Blood donations are essential for patients who battle chronic illness like Hill. They’re also needed for surgeries, cancer treatment and traumatic injuries. For more than 30 years, Carolina Blood Drives have made a far-reaching impact on the campus community and beyond, thanks to the selfless donors who give their time, roll up their sleeves and make a difference.