This past Monday, we supported the Red Cross blood drive in the Campus Center Ballroom at UAlbany. Thanks to our vendors, Dough Life and Cold Stone/RMCF, donors were able to enjoy delicious cookie dough and ice cream after donating blood.
We got a chance to talk to a Red Cross employee, Adam Tobey, who was working the blood drive that day. "Roughly two years ago my sister was walking around her apartment and collapsed and was unresponsive," said Tobey. "It turned out she had an internal cyst that ruptured and had been bleeding out throughout the morning, she got several blood transfusions, and my job now is the reason I still have a sister."
MASH members joined us at the drive to donate and win some prizes. Mike Impallaria, a member since 2017 said, "The blood drive was really cool and made me feel good to help make a difference. I liked having ice cream there from Cold Stone after giving the blood thanks to MASH."
Steve Leary, Senior Account Manager from The American Red Cross, was present and explained how important blood donations are, "We can't get a large donation, a grant from the State or someone leaving us Blood in their will. Blood has to be collected 1 unit at a time from individuals."
"The only way to ensure that we have a safe blood supply is for people to donate it. We process the Blood into Plasma, Platelets and Red Cells, so that a Blood donation may go to 3 separate recipients. The Red Cells may go to someone having surgery, the platelets to a cancer patient and the plasma to a burn victim," said Leary. "We were able to collect 46 productive units, which can help save the lives of up to 138 hospital patients."
American Red Cross comes onto campuses frequently so make sure to keep your eye out for the next chance to donate!