Cornell lacrosse hosts eighth annual Dream Factory blood drive this Thursday

February 6, 2013

Cornell University men's lacrosse players will be on hand this Thursday, February 7th, hosting their eighth annual blood drive on Cornell's Ithaca campus. The drive kicks off the 2013 "Save the Day" campaign for the Dream Factory of Central New York.

Blood donations usually drop off during the winter months, but the need for donated blood is often higher. Other upcoming blood drives in the area include one at Ithaca College on Friday, February 8th, at the Shops at Ithaca Mall on Saturday, February 9th, and at the Ithaca Moose Lodge on Tuesday, February 12th.

At this drive, blood donors with O-, O+, A-, or B- blood types can opt for a Double Red Cell donation, which can help even more recipients. Regular donations of all blood types are needed, but type O negative donations are especially helpful. O is the "universal donor;" that blood type can be given to nearly any patient. The American Red Cross says O negative and B negative blood types are especially urgently needed right now.

Donors always get a snack and something to drink to begin replenishing their fluids and blood sugar levels. At this drive, homemade cookies will be provided by Groton Senior Girl Scouts Troop 1042. Cornell lacrosse players will be on hand to welcome donors and hand out snacks.

The Dream Factory of Central New York helps to improve the lives of sick children. For more information or to request an application for a child, e-mail centralnewyork@dreamfactoryinc.org or call 607-266-3284.

The blood drive is Thursday, February 7th, from 11:30am-4:30pm, in room G10 of Cornell's Biotechnology Building. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Call Suzanne at 255-1269 or e-mail centralnewyork@dreamfactoryinc.org to make an appointment.

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