Every blood donation is a gift of life.
World Blood Donor Day Blood Drive
Special thanks to the UCF Police Department and Parking Services for hosting, and to all of the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members who support this important blood drive!
2013 WBDD Re-cap60 registered donors, 55 collected units, 165 lives impacted!
Photos posted HERE.
The University of Central Florida is one of our region’s most prolific blood donor organizations. Since 2010, UCF has collected 11,032 pints of blood ~33,100 lives saved!! Regular blood drives at UCF collect an average of 40 units each from students, faculty, and staff. Our World Blood Donor Day blood drives are an opportunity to join the international voice of gratitude to donors and support for recipients.
UCF is one of the most impactful donor bases in our region because of the generosity and committment to community that are such an important part of our Knight culture. Thank you, UCF!
Your donation makes a difference! Every donation (one pint) can save three lives, and every two seconds someone needs blood. The only source is voluntary blood donors like you. If all donors gave three times per year, blood shortages would be rare (the current average for regular blood donors is about two per year). Only 39% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, and only 5-10% donate regularly.
Chief Richard Beary, Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and Chief of Police, says "Donating blood is the most personal way any individual can serve their community and fellow human beings. Your blood donation truly changes lives."
- Visit the 2013 Orlando WBDD Report HERE.
- Visit the 2012 Orlando WBDD Report HERE.
- Visit the 2012 International Report, Orlando highlights HERE
A leader in both blood donation and advocacy, UCF hosted Central Florida’s first World Blood Donor Day event in 2012, creating a photo of a human “blood drop.” More than 100 volunteers dressed in red formed the shape of the blood drop. Our event was featured in the international WBDD report. WBDD, sponsored by the World Health Organization, is celebrated annually on June 14.
Dr. Deborah German, vice president for Medical Affairs and dean of the UCF College of Medicine, reminds us that “blood is ‘the gift of life’ that everyone can give. There are times when blood is the only thing that can save a life. It is then that this simple act is the only thing that matters.”
The need is constant and crucial every day. A blood shortage occurs anytime donations fall enough to strain the buffer that blood centers maintain in order to keep hospitals supplied. The blood center is responsible for making sure hospitals have adequate blood supplies at all times, especially in tragedies. We all have a responsibility to make sure we have enough blood at all times. A single car accident victim could need 50 or more units of blood in order to survive – your blood donation gives someone the gift of another sunrise, another hug, another chance.
For more information about World Blood Donor Day at UCF, call 407-823-3094.
For more information on the international initiative hosted by the World Health Organization, visit the WBDD Website.
Thank you, UCF!