Record Blood Drive Turnout Addresses Emergency Need; Registrants Sign Up for Bone Marrow Donor List

PHOTO: A student signs up for the bone marrow registryMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange enjoyed its most successful winter blood drive ever last Wednesday (Feb. 4) as 123 students, professors, administrators and community members signed up to donate at this most crucial time when the New York Blood Center is issuing emergency pleas for donors.

In addition, 30 people completed paperwork and cheek swabs to add their names to the Blood Center’s expanding bone marrow registry program. As the regional registry for the National Marrow Donor Program, the New York Blood Center has initiated an active recruiting push to encourage individuals to sign up for its bone marrow registry. In particular, minority marrow donors are desperately needed.

Donors were able to donate blood via the regular donation process or by utilizing Blood Center’s ALYX machine, a portable, automated blood component collection system that extracts only red cells from a donor’s blood while returning the platelets and plasma to the donor, along with a sterile saline solution.

All donors at the SUNY Orange blood drive were given a free t-shirt and were offered the opportunity to partake in free cholesterol screenings.

The College will be holding a blood drive at its Newburgh campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. Also, SUNY Orange’s “Heart Healthy Day” has been postponed from Feb. 18 to March 11. That event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main lobby of the Bio-Tech Building on the Middletown campus. Cholesterol screenings, glucose testing, blood pressure checks and cardiac risk assessments will be among the free health services offerings provided to College students, faculty, staff and community members.

For more information, contact the College’s Health Services office at (845) 341-4870.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940