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GIVE MONDAY - Blood drive to support THON

Blood drive sponsored by THON and alumni chapter
From left, Danielle Zavala, THON PR chair; Joyce Bradbury, exec. dir., Hazleton Chapter, American Red Cross; Wister Yuhas, board member, Greater Hazleton Chapter, Penn State Alumni Association; and Sukanya Parasher, THON PR chair.

The Greater Hazleton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and the Penn State Hazleton THON Committee are teaming up with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive on Mon., Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building at Penn State Hazleton.

Joyce Bradbury, executive director, Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross, said, “We are grateful that so many students, faculty, staff and alumni at Penn State realize the importance of collecting blood for hospital patients. The THON Committee and Alumni Chapter volunteers, with our American Red Cross volunteers, do a great job and we certainly appreciate all their hard work. We encourage the community to come to Penn State Hazleton and donate as well.”

Alumni chapter board member Wister Yuhas said, “Penn State alumni in the Hazleton area are proud to continually support the efforts of the American Red Cross. In addition to monetary support for food and refreshments, we, along with the members of the THON Committee, will assist the American Red Cross volunteers at the blood drive.”

Penn State Hazleton THON Committee members will assist the American Red Cross with recruiting donors on campus prior to the bloodmobile and serve as donor escorts and snack table staff during the event.

All presenting donors will receive a $4 donation made in their honor to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. This is the sixth year the Penn State Hazleton THON Committee has assisted with a blood drive at the campus to support their cause.

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON for short, is the world’s largest student run philanthropy, raising money for the families of children with pediatric cancer at the Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey. Last year, THON raised more than $7.8 million.

According to Bradbury, “Blood is a perishable commodity - red cells last only 42 days and platelets only 5 days - therefore the need for blood is ongoing.” 

Blood donors must meet three requirements: be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health. Donating blood takes only about one hour. All donors must present identification prior to donating.

Donors may schedule an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

For more information contact the Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross at 455-9517.

Photo caption: Joyce Bradbury, second from left, executive director of the Hazleton Chapter, American Red Cross, accepts a $100 donation from Wister Yuhas, board member, Greater Hazleton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, in support of the upcoming blood drive at Penn State Hazleton on Mon., Jan. 24. Also pictured are, from left, Danielle Zavala and Sukanya Parasher, THON public relations chairs, who will assist with the blood drive.

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