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Staff Senate Honors Colleague, Celebrates Centennial through Blood Drive

RADFORD -- The Radford University Staff Senate, in partnership with the American Red Cross, sponsored a blood drive on RU’s campus on Nov. 15. The event honored RU staff member Rhonda McCroskey, a cancer survivor. In addition, to celebrate Radford University’s Centennial and to support the theme of service, the senate’s goal was to collect 100 pints of blood.

“The Staff Senate was approached regarding sponsoring a blood drive and we were excited to participate,” said Pam Caldwell, staff senate president. “This was an opportunity to participate in another Centennial Service Challenge, as well as help the community. Rhonda McCroskey, the honoree of the blood drive, is a friend and co-worker to the Radford University community and this blood drive was a way to give back and save a life.”

To everyone’s delight, the senate exceeded their Centennial goal by collecting 108 units of blood. The last time a Radford University blood drive collected over 100 units was in 2006.

Donors for the event included faculty, staff and students.

“Donating blood is a family tradition,” said SGA Junior Class Senator Brian Massie, who participated in the Centennial drive. “My grandfather was a Marine, and every time a family member was eligible to donate, he'd call up the Red Cross and find out when the next drive was happening so there would be one more person doing the right thing.”

RU has collected 304 units of blood in campus drives since the beginning of the semester, which has the potential to benefit over 900 patients.

For more information on how to become a blood donor, contact Sandy Myers at MyersSa@usa.redcross.org.

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December 3, 2010
Stephanie Cashwell; 540-831-5182

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