HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS

 

Special blood drives and incentives are highlighted on this page. You can also join our regular blood drives every Wednesday at the Veteran’s Commemorative Site on Memory Mall. The bloodmobile also comes for one week every month – watch our calendar for dates!

Blood Drive Results

  • Whole blood: 15 Units

2018 Diversity Week Blood Drive

2nd Annual Diversity Week Blood Drive!

Congratulations to the Black Faculty and Staff Association, this year’s winner of the $250 grant!

This annual event encourages people to learn about blood donation issues specific to diverse identities and donate on behalf of those who are unable to give the gift of life in support of their communities and people they love.

  • 2018: Black Faculty and Staff Association
  • 2017: Latino Faculty and Staff Association

 

Blood Drive Results

  • Whole blood: 34 units

Pegasus Palooza Blood Drive

2018 Pegasus Palooza Blood Drive

Welcome Week events hosted by First Year Experience included its first blood drive this year!  Pegasus Palooza is an amazing week of events to welcome students to UCF for the fall semester, engage them in activities, and demonstrate the many ways to be involved on campus.  

 

Blood Drive Results

  • TBD

The BIG Blood Drive

The BIG Blood Drive!

We take the Scale x Excellence = Impact equation to heart with this new extravaganza empowering and celebrating blood donorship at UCF!  In this first year we rolled out the new UCF Blood Donor t-shirts.

UCF Father & Son donating together!

 

Blood Drive Results

  • TBD

Delta Epsilon Psi Lambda Blood Drive

Delta Epsilon Psi Lambda Chapter Blood Drive

A fraternity committed to saving lives together, these brothers joined together to host an amazing blood drive!  They hosted this drive in honor of Vinit Singh, a fraternity borther in their national organization who lost his battle to cancer on February 6, 2018.  Vinit was a kind, compassionate person whose final request to Delta Epsilon Psi was that blood drives would be held to help save lives and make a positive difference.

 

Blood Drive Results

  • TBD

UCF Remembers Blood Drive

2018 UCF Remembers Blood Drive

We continue UCF’s commitment to empowering our Knight family to support our community through blood donorship in response to the Pulse tragedy in 2016.  We join with Social Justice and Advocacy, LGBTQ+ Services, Student Development and Enrollment Services, and other UCF entities who collaborate to provide intentional programming that supports our students and our community at this time of remembrance.

Blood Drive Results

  • TBD

Omega Psi Phi Blood Drive

Omega Psi Phi Blood Drive

November 15, 2017, 9 am – 7 pm
Veteran’s Commemorative

Omega Psi Phi is hosting a blood drive in honor of their brother, Dr. Charles Drew, “Father of the Blood Bank”. Dr. Drew was a renowned surgeon and pioneer in the preservation of life-saving blood plasma.  He earned his MD and CM (Master of surgery) in 1933, graduating second in a class of 137.  He discovered the method for long-term storage and organized and was the first director of the first American Red Cross Blood Bank and assistant director in charge of blood for the United States Army and Navy. In a time of blatant racism and hostility toward African Americans, Dr. Drew’s achievements required him to overcome discrimination and other challenges.  He quit the American Red Cross because of its policy on segregating blood according to race (after a battle to even allow African Americans to donate blood). He returned to Howard Medical School where he became chair of the Department of Surgery and Chief Surgeon at Freedmen’s Hospital.

The Fraternity not only recognizes their accomplished brother, but also want to educate their members and the greater campus community about the importance of blood donorship in the African American community. Only 1% of US blood donors are black, yet genetically-similar blood is needed, especially for those who receive repeated transfusions. Blood that closely matches a patients is less likely to be rejected and can mean fewer complications.  About 70 percent of African Americans are types O and B, but there are more markers that make blood a match than just blood type. An example of an illness that requires repeated transfusions is sickle cell anemia, which impacts more than 70,000 people in the United States, most of them African Americans.

Did you know that as late as 1970’s there were still southern US states segregating blood?

Blood Drive Results

  • Whole Blood: 21 Units

Battle of the Branches

November 8, 2017

UCF Blood Drives, in partnership with UCF Veteran’s Assistance and Resource Center (VARC) and the Student Veteran’s of America, UCF Chapter, hosted a “Battle of the Branches” in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Donors were able to vote on their favorite military branch, and here’s the tally:

  • 4th place:  Navy
  • 3rd place: Air Force
  • 2nd place: Marines
  • 1st place: Army

Blood Drive Results

  • Whole Blood: 16 Units

Challenge Results:

  • 15  Latino Faculty and Staff Association (WINNER!)
  • 3    Center for Success of Women Faculty
  • 3    Pride Faculty and Staff Association
  • 1    Humanist and Secular Services
  • 0    Black Faculty and Staff Association

Diversity Week Blood Drive Challenge

October 18, 2017

In the first Diversity Week Blood Drive Challenge to diverse faculty and staff support organizations we collected 16 units – impacting 48 lives!  Group leaders were invited to submit a vote online and share that link with other members.  Online votes counted once; blood donor votes counted three times (for the three lives saved by donating blood).

The winning organization, Latino Faculty and Staff Association, earned $250 for promotional materials. The grant was sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and supported by the UCF Print Shop.

Blood Drive Results

(results pending)

Homecoming Week

October 9-13, 2017

The Homecoming Philanthropy Committee hosted a blood drive for Homecoming week for the second year. OneBlood sponsored custom t-shirts with the Homecoming logo as well as some UCF Blood Donor duckies.

Blood Drive Results

  • Challenge Winner – ARMY!
  • Whole Blood: 20 Units

Benefits Fair Employee Challenge

October 28, 2017

UCF Human Resources hosted the first INDOOR blood drive at UCF! OneBlood set up the donor beds outside of the Pegasus ballroom.

Blood Drive Results

(results pending)

Battle of the Branches

November 8, 2017

UCF Blood Drives, in partnership with UCF Veteran’s Assistance and Resource Center (VARC) and the Student Veteran’s of America, UCF Chapter, hosted a “Battle of the Branches” in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Donors were able to vote on their favorite military branch, and here’s the tally:

  • 4th place:  Navy
  • 3rd place: Air Force
  • 2nd place: Marines
  • 1st place: Army

Blood Drive Results

  • Whole Blood: 140 Units

Hurricane Response Blood Drives

September 18-22

UCF Blood Drives, in partnership with OneBlood, worked to answer the call to replenish our blood supply. OneBlood’s donation infrastructure was severely disrupted by Hurricane Irma, a challenge compounded by intense need for blood supply support in our local region as well as in other areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

If you couldn’t attend the blood drive, please remember that this need continues not only until we recover from these tragedies but indefinitely – as we always need donors to ensure that blood supply is available should a disaster strike. Please consider joining us for an upcoming blood drive.

 

Blood Drive Results

  • Whole Blood: 185
  • Double Red Cells (Alyx): 22
  • Platelets: 10
  • Total procedures: 217

View our gratitude page for recognition of volunteers and the results of the university challenge!

UCF Remembers Blood Drive

June 8, 2017

UCF Blood Drives, in partnership with OneBlood, the College of Health and Public Affairs, and many other group and department supporters, hosted a 12 bus blood drive on June 3rd.  At this time of remembrance, as we did after the tragedy a year ago, we wanted to empower our campus community to join together and save lives as we remember those impacted by the Pulse tragedy. Turning our sorrow into positive action, we can uplift those still grieving, provide hope, and demonstrate our commitment to our community.

Thank you to our 217 blood donors, volunteers, departments and organizations that supported the event for helping UCF save lives.

If you couldn’t attend the blood drive on June 3rd, consider joining us for an upcoming blood drive.

Expert Panel: FDA Regulations on Gay Male Blood Donation

October 18, 2016

Diversity Week is a university tradition – a week of celebration and activities to elevate campus awareness about inclusion and explore a topics across a broad range of human identity, experience, and interaction.  After the Pulse tragedy, many were unable to donate blood in support of their own identity community – an empowerment that gave comfort to others.  UCF Blood Drives intentionally planned a Diversity Week event to address questions about blood donation deferrals for MSM (men who have had sex with men).  Moderated by German Beard, UCF Alumnus, the panel included: Fausto Cardenas, a UCF student impacted by being unable to donate after Pulse; Dr. Nyla Dil, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Medical Microbiology at the UCF College of Medicine; Susan Forbes, Vice President for Marketing and Communications for OneBlood, Dr. German Leparc, Senior Medical Consultant for OneBlood; and Blake Lynch, UCF Alumnus and Founder and Director of Banned4Life.

We were  enjoyed learning about the scientific predication for the FDA regulations as well as current research that informed the 2015 regulation changes. We heard how the deferral change from life to one year has not opened the door to gay male blood donorship, but left the event hopeful that further research might allow more donors to join in the effort to ensure adequate blood supply.

Pulse Response Blood Drives

June 13 – June 26, 2016

UCF Blood Drives, in partnership with OneBlood, hosted 10 blood drives in direct response to the Pulse tragedy, empowering our campus to support our community and collecting a total of 424 units. The June 27th drive included 13 bloodmobiles and resulted 214 units and 74 bone marrow donor registrations.  The drives were supported by 55 volunteers; 12 student organizations, clubs, and teams; and 20 campus partners.

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Caesar Ricci (left) and Connor Deering (right) preparing to start. They will each hold a handful of red ice, whosever melts first will be the Good Blood

Performance Art for Blood Donation Awareness

March 3, 2016

GOOD BLOOD
By Laura Castro

In partnership with UCF Blood Drives and the UCF Art Gallery, Caesar Ricci and Connor Deering enacted a performance art piece to raise awareness about blood donation while hosting a blood drive.

The performance was an interpretation of Lygia Pape’s “Good Blood”. Lygia Pape was an artist who participated in the Concrete and Neo-Concrete movements in the mid-to-late 20th century.

The artists held the red ice for hours, and as day turned into dusk, the race for the Good Blood was won by Ceasar Ricci.

Performance Artists: Ceasar Ricci and Connor Deering

Additional project organizers: Blanche Letakis, Will Harding, and Laura Castro.

Special thanks to Tee Rogers.

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