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Blood drive on Jan. 28 to benefit THON

Blood drive check presentation
Blood drive check presentation.

The Greater Hazleton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and Penn State Hazleton THON are teaming up with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive on Mon., January 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building at the campus.

Penn State Hazleton THON 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 eighth year the Penn State Hazleton THON 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. In 2012, THON raised more than $10.69 million.

In addition to helping our community, each presenting donor will also be entered into a drawing for a seven-day vacation package and $500 Visa gift card.

Blood donors must meet three requirements: be at least 17 years old or age 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health. Donating blood takes only about one hour. All donors must provide identification prior to donating.  According to the American Red Cross, blood is a perishable commodity - red cells last only 42 days and platelets only five days - therefore the need for blood is constant.

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 570-455-9517.

Photo: Jennifer Stegman, fourth from left, donor recruitment representative, American Red Cross Biomedical Services, accepts a $100 donation from Maria Lutz Barna ’74, board member, Greater Hazleton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, in support of the upcoming blood drive at Penn State Hazleton on Mon., January 28. Also pictured are, from left, Ryan Pacelli, THON PR captain; Megan McGee, THON committee member and dancer; Barna, Stegman, Lauren Sharp, THON Merchandise co-captain; and Mike Bailey, THON Merchandise co-captain and dancer.

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