Bobcats bleed blue and gold at blood drive

On Nov. 12 and 13 the 8th annual Cat/Griz Blood Drive was held in SUB ballroom A. The blood drive was sponsored by ASMSU and hosted by the American Red Cross. Each unit of blood collected contributed to the competition between MSU and UM to see which school collect the most blood.

Up to this year, MSU has won the competition 3 times and UM has won 4. The results from this years blood drive yielded MSU another win. MSU had 242 presenting donors with a total of 212 units of blood collected. UM had 222 presenting donors with a total of 194 units of blood donated.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Events like the Cat/Griz Blood Drive help fulfill that need. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. citizens are eligible to donate blood, but less than 10 percent actually do each year.

Blood cannot be manufactured and has to be donated by individuals and is a safe and sterile process. Each unit of blood is separated into three products; red cell, platelets and plasma. These results offer the Red Cross to provide 1,218 usable units or “gifts of life” to Montana hospital patients.

In total, the Cat/Griz Blood Drive collected 406 units of blood between the two universities. For information about future blood drives or to donate to visit redcrossblood.org