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November 8, 2000

Holiday Blood Drive Preps
Campus for World Record Attempt

California State University, Sacramento will help bolster the community's blood supply with a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 28 and 29 in the University Union Ballroom.

Last fall CSUS collected more than 2,000 pints of blood and broke a Sacramento County record in an attempt to break a world record for a campus blood drive. This blood drive will be the "warm up" for a second Guinness Book of World Records drive scheduled for March 8.

Last year's quest for a national record prompted many students, faculty and staff to become involved with donating.

Nancy Fox, director of CSUS transportation and parking, says she had previously been a regular blood donor. As time went by, she gave up donating, for no particular reason. Then her enthusiasm was rekindled when she became involved with planning last year's big drive. She now donates not only blood but plasma.

Fox's story illustrates what such campaigns can accomplish. Often a blood drive is not just a one-day deal, but prompts a lifetime commitment.

"Many people do not realize that when you donate blood that you may be saving up to five lives with one donation," says Tricia Randall, Associated Students coordinator for the event. "We hope that this event will familiarize people with donating so that in March when we aim for the record, people will be more than willing to help out for a good cause," she says.

People who wish to donate should eat and drink plenty fluids before coming. Also, they should bring photo identification for verification purposes.

For more information about the upcoming blood drives contact the Sacramento Medical Foundation at 456-1500 ext. 679.


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