Monthly Archives: October 2016

Penn State-Michigan State Challenge


November marks the beginning of the Penn State-Michigan State Blood Drive challenge! The challenge runs from the 31st of October to the 17th of November on both the Penn State and Michigan State campuses.
The challenge is a competition between the Penn State and Michigan State communities to see who can collect more blood over the time period through their blood drives. The best part about this competition is that it is all done in the spirit of helping others who may need it throughout the country.
The respective Student Red Cross Clubs have run this challenge since 1994, with the most recent victory in collection numbers going to Penn State in a come-from-behind victory. Anyone in the Penn State and State College community is welcome to come in, give blood and help contribute to a good cause as well as helping Penn State beat Michigan State! Donors will also receive a free Challenge themed t-shirt with their donation that is helping to save up to three lives.
Appointments to give blood can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


SRCC October Recap

October has been a great month to be a member of SRCC! The club held it’s first community event and we are going on an exciting canning trip this weekend.

This month was the first SRCC Pancake dinner, where members of the club cooked pancakes and other breakfast items for members of the Penn State and State College Areas to fundraise for the club. The dinner was the first of several community events that the club will be holding in and around the Penn State area.

On the weekend of the 28th, the club will be making our second canning trip of the year, this time to New York for a fun and exciting time collecting funds for THON! This is exciting for the club because it will be our first time canning outside of the state of Pennsylvania, so we wish the members of our club, who will be going on the trip, a fun and successful weekend!

Next month is the SRCC’s Penn State vs. Michigan State Challenge, so keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to donate and volunteer with us to help us win back-to-back against the Michigan State’s Red Cross Club!

On-Site Coordinator of the Month: David Lee

Once a month, we celebrate those members of our club who take part in our On-Site Coordinator Program by getting to know them and what motivates them. This month, we meet David Lee, the SRCC’s Club Sports Chair and an exemplary OSC. David contacts club sports teams and coordinates with them to sponsor and attend blood drives and other SRCC functions. Thank you David for helping all of our donors and volunteers!


Why did you join the Student Red Cross Club here at Penn State?

I was looking for opportunities to do community service, and a friend of mine recommended that I come to a meeting, and I have been involved in the club since last winter. I think that the Red Cross does important work across our community and the world, and I just want to help them to do it.

Do you donate blood? If so, Why?

I have not given blood yet, but I would like to soon. I am thinking about donating for the upcoming Michigan State vs. Penn State blood challenge.

What is some advice you would give to someone who is afraid/has never given blood before?

One piece of advice that I would give is to not be afraid because the nurses are very experienced as this is the job that they do every day. They are there to make the experience of giving blood as painless as possible. Another reason to give blood is because it can save up to three lives, making this one of the most selfless things that you can do.

Why do you enjoy being an OSC?

Being able to serve the community is always a good feeling. Being an OSC also gives me the experience in the field of management and leadership, which I believe is a necessary skill in life and in my future career.

Why do you think that the Student Red Cross Club is important to have here?

We reach out and gather donors. A lot of people don’t give blood because they’re never asked to. SRCC is the bridge between the blood drives and the potential donors. We also help promote and educate students about giving blood, which is important across our community.

Photo Credit: Sean Rayford for the New York Times

Hurricane Matthew: How You Can Help

Photo Credit: Sean Rayford for the New York Times

Over the past week across Florida and the Southeastern United States, Hurricane Matthew has wreaked havoc and sent more than 27,000 people to almost 200 Red Cross and community shelters. This includes 22,000 people in Florida alone going to 133 shelters across the state. As people seek shelter and try to stay safe from this storm, more the 1,800 Red Cross workers are active or traveling to the southeast to assist at shelters and response teams. As a result of the storm, many blood drives across the southeastern coast have been cancelled resulting in an urgent need for blood and platelet donations. The cancellation of over 30 blood drives across 3 states has resulted in over 1,300 donations uncollected and there are likely to be more cancellations in the foreseeable future as the storm rolls on. The loss of platelet donations are especially concerning because they are a key component in blood needed by cancer patients. In part of the country that have been affected by the storm, the Red Cross strongly urges those individuals who are eligible to give blood to do so soon in order to ensure a steady supply of blood and platelets to those who may need the blood urgently. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Coach Spence and Track and Field athletes at their sponsored blood drive on Sept. 29th

Track and Field Athletes Bleed Blue for Coach Spence

The Penn State Track and Field team has sponsored an annual blood drive for the past several years–because for them, it’s personal.

Assistant Track and Field Coach Fritz Spence has defeated Leukemia twice (in 2008 and in 2013), and was at last week’s Homecoming blood drive supporting his athletes who were donating. As a former cancer patient, multiple months in the hospital meant countless blood transfusions for Coach Spence. He said he was “happy and proud” to see his athletes turn out to donate.

Athlete Kasey Kemp has been donating blood at the Track and Field sponsored drive for the past five years. “It helped [Coach Spence] a lot, so I think about that a lot when I donate blood,” Kemp said.

With Kemp was Steph Sievers, another T&F athlete and first time blood donor. “The experience was better than I expected–the people were great and talked me through everything,” Sievers said. When asked about how she overcame her anxiety towards donating blood, she “just thought about where it goes.” A single red cell blood donation can help save up to three lives, and the need for blood in America is constant.

Coach Spence’s message to those who are apprehensive about giving blood? “Get informed and stay educated–it’s such a simple procedure that has a huge impact.”

Breast Cancer ribbon

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. This month, the Red Cross encourages donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others who might be in need of life saving blood donations.

Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., and Breast cancer patients may need blood donations during chemotherapy, mastectomy surgery or other treatments.
By giving blood during this month, you are helping the patients who suffer from Breast Cancer make it through another day. These people need blood and donor supply is the only way to get blood to them if they need a transfusion.
So please give blood this month to help those who have all forms of cancer and other life threatening diseases or injuries. No matter your blood type, but especially those with O negative, B negative, A negative and AB blood, if you can give blood, please do to help others who need it.
To make an appointment to donate blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).