Cougars To Participate In Community Blood Drive

Jan. 2, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball team will take time-out from its basketball season to participate in a blood drive, Monday, Jan. 5 from noon to 5 p.m. at Artistic Touch (425 S. Grand Avenue).

Head coach Sherri Murrell, along with the coaching staff and several members of the team is scheduled to donate from 2-3 p.m. The drive, which is conducted by the Inland Northwest Blood Center, is held in memory of Ingrid Giden, a Pullman resident and WSU employee who passed away this past summer. All walk-ins are welcome.

According to the INBC, community blood drives provide 15 percent of the total blood supply for over 30 hospitals and medical facilities in the Inland Northwest. INBC relies on at least 150 donors a day to give the gift of life in order to supply Eastern Washington and North Idaho. A serious shortage can force physicians to postpone elective surgeries and can compromise trauma care.

This holiday season is the most difficult for INBC to keep an adequate blood supply on the shelves, according to INBC Recruitment Coordinator Kathryn Blott.

Blott says that with a heavy flu season and travel and busy schedules, fewer people make time to donate and a community often experiences a serious shortage after the first of the year. Consequently, INBC must look at scheduling drives in the first days of the New Year to cover the potential increase in usage and decrease in donations over the holidays.

'December has already been a very high usage month and we have already seen substantial drops in several blood types,' Blott said. 'If we do not see donations pick up in the next two weeks, our community could be facing a critical shortage in the New Year.'

Blott added that the INBC is currently extremely short of O-positive, O-negative, A-negative and are seeing a drop in all blood types.

Please call the Inland Northwest Blood Center at 800-423-0151 to receive the most current and correct information on eligibility requirements or to ask any health related eligibility questions.

The Cougars begin a two-game homestand tonight against No. 9 Stanford at seven o'clock. WSU hosts California, Sunday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. Both games are at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum.
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