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2018 #WeChallengeU Blood Drive

2018 #WeChallengeU Blood Drive

RIT vs. U of R, who donated the most?

If you’ve been scrolling through social media, you’ve probably noticed the #WeChallengeU hashtag floating between the American Red Cross and many of the higher ed accounts you follow. So, what’s this all about anyway?

According to the American Red Cross, thousands of students are donating blood on college campuses across the country. Last week, the RIT and U of R campus communities took part in the #WeChallengeU competition to see which campus could donate the most blood.

Patty Corvaia of the American Red Cross reports that right now, they are in critical need of blood donations. “Blood is going to hospitals faster than it’s coming in. We are grateful for the RIT Community for helping save patients’ lives by donating 165 units. The donations can help up to 495 patients! We thank everybody for their support in helping us to fill our life saving mission!”

With the national need for blood at critical levels, the donations made by RIT students over the past month have never been as important! In two drives alone, 165 units were donated for local hospitals, with RIT leading in the #WeChallengeU competition with the University of Rochester totaling in the following donation amounts:

· RIT collected 165 units; 1/29: 86 units and 2/8: 79 units totaling 165 units.

· U of R collected 62 Units; 2/6: 26 units and 2/7: 31 units totaling 62 units.

Together, the units collected will impact up to 681 lives! Both schools should be very proud of the impact they will have on hospital patients who are in need and the RIT Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement would like to extend their deepest gratitude to both campus communities for their participation.

“This is truly something the RIT community should feel proud of. I would like to thank all the individuals who came out in support of our efforts and all those who spread the word about our challenge. Your donations this past month and throughout the year are a continuous reminder that RIT is dedicated to serving and meeting the needs of our fellow Rochesterians. You have made a positive difference by supporting the RIT Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement’s Blood Drives and we look forward to your continuing support in the Drives to come. Thank you all!”

-Phyllis Walker, RIT Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement