#BearsGive: Adamson’s Annual Blood Drive Expands to Include UNC Bears Around the World
Many college-aged kids simply think of the summer months as a time of fun and freedom from responsibility, but UNC nursing students like Ariana Roberts are conscious of the fact that more people away on vacation means less people donating lifesaving blood. Last year in mid-June, the Red Cross saw donations drop by the tens of thousands, resulting in dire national shortages. While elective surgeries can be postponed whenever resources run low, emergency transfusions and chronic illnesses like the one faced by little Ivy Tregenza (seen top-left) require a consistent supply of blood that can only be sustained through the donations of generous individuals.
Another thing Ariana Roberts knows first-hand is the serious set of financial hurdles faced by aspiring medical professionals like herself. Thankfully, the nursing scholarship she received has finally made her dreams of traveling the world to help communities with limited access to healthcare a real possibility. With the resources and expertise she’s acquired through UNC, Ariana wants to pay her education forward by joining the Peace Corps and working at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. UNC’s nursing scholarships are essential not only to our students, but to the people who will eventually depend on them for quality healthcare. Ariana says donors gifts’ have helped to fund her education and her future, “There are so many things to do in the world and I hope these dreams are only the first of many accomplished during my life.”
Faced with these two urgent needs, educational support and life-sustaining blood, a local, alumni-run business developed a unique solution to help the UNC community tackle both issues at once. John Seitz, Jonathan Seitz (BS-07) and Cherry Smith (BA-74) of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services are issuing a straightforward challenge to Bears across the globe: for every unit of blood you give to our annual campaign, we will donate $10 to a dedicated nursing scholarship. Can’t make it to the blood drive in Greeley on August 10th? If you give blood any time, anywhere between now and August 17th, just send us a message via Facebook, Twitter, or email detailing how you gave and your gift will be counted toward the Adamson Nursing Scholarship Fund. You can use these handy webpages from the American Association of Blood Banks and the Red Cross to locate your nearest donation center and make an appointment right now.
“The spirit of the blood drive is about saving lives,” said Adamson owner John Seitz, “but it’s also a fun and positive experience for the donors as well. Every year, we strive to give the event a carnival-like atmosphere.” Those who can attend the live occasion on August 10th will certainly be treated to a variety of exciting surprises: refreshments, give-away items including UNC gear and game tickets, a bouncy castle for the kids. However, this doesn’t mean that Bears joining in from afar have to miss out on all the fun. If you send us a photo showing off your “I Gave Blood” sticker or your brand-new blood donation band-aid along with the message saying when and where you gave, that picture will be displayed on our Alumni Association Facebook page. This gallery is an exciting way to show your Bear pride while making remote donation a truly social activity.
UNC nursing students Brittany Ogle and Teshia Cordia have found plenty about the Adamson Blood Drive to take pride in. This will be their second year volunteering to help run the event. For Brittany, being able to address a fundamental human need is the most rewarding aspect of being involved. “95 percent of Americans will need a blood transfusion by the age of 72. I tell my friends it’s important to give now because, down the road, they’ll have to rely on others to return the favor.” Teshia says that she keeps coming back to the blood drive because she’s inspired by the donors’ demonstrations of selflessness. “One woman in particular stood out in my mind: she had lost her husband very recently, just a few weeks before, and she decided that she wanted to give back to a good cause in his honor.”
Whether you help out because of a deep sense of personal responsibility or for the fun of participating in a global online campaign, your contribution to the Adamson Blood Drive will do two times the good. By taking the time to schedule a donation appointment or sharing this story with a friend who gives blood regularly you’ll be helping to save lives and fund the education of nursing students like Ariana, Brittany, and Teshia. As UNC alumna and blood drive coordinator Cherry Smith explained, the heart and soul of this initiative lies in our shared determination to rally together and support our community by giving of ourselves: “Donating blood is beneficial in two ways; one donation holds the possibility of saving at least three lives, secondly it helps the donor because it is good for them physically. Men and post-menopausal women who donate three times a year reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke by 50%. Our blood drive motto is, ‘Do it for others…do it for yourself…do it for a lifetime.’”
For Bears Participating Remotely
-Any blood donation given between August 2nd and August 17th will be counted toward our scholarship fundraising total.
-Remember to check those online blood donation center locators here and here. They’ll make scheduling your appointment a breeze.
-If you’re unable to give blood for any reason, consider convincing a friend to contribute in your place by passing along this link to our story: bit.ly/adamsonblood. Whether they’re Bears or friends of UNC, they can make their donation go twice as far by raising money for the Adamson Nursing Scholarship.
-Don’t forget to send us a message via Facebook, Twitter, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) telling us when and where you gave. If you have a camera or smartphone, be sure to include a post-donation photo to add to our online gallery.
For Bears Participating in Person
-The Adamson Blood Drive runs for two days, August 9th and 10th from 8 AM to 1 PM. The event will be located at 2000 47th Ave. in Greeley.
-If you give on the 9th, be sure to mention that you’d like your donation counted toward UNC’s Adamson Nursing Scholarship.
-Walk-ins are welcome, but making an appointment in advance means less waiting. You can sign up for a timeslot here.
-Thanks in part to this year’s online expansion, the donation goal for 2013 is 200 units of blood. That’s over $200,000 worth of lifesaving blood!
Photos from top to bottom, left to right: blood donation beneficiary and Red Cross poster child Ivy Tregenza, Red Cross apparel emphasizing the impact of blood donation, Adamson owners John Seitz and Jonathan Seitz (BS-07) and blood drive director Cherry Smith (BA-74), in-person and online blood donors demonstrating their enthusiasm, UNC nursing students participating in the 2012 blood drive.