Tuesday, January 16, 2007
January blood drive marks coordinator’s 102nd event
By Rebecca Wyatt Thomas, OU Web Writer
Paul Franklin, coordinator of campus programs, has helped save a lot of lives. Franklin has served as coordinator of 101 blood drives for the American Red Cross, which he estimates have brought in 18,000-19,000 pints of blood. Franklin will add to his totals when OU hosts a blood drive on Jan. 22-24.
“Two years ago I figured out how many blood drives I had been a part of. At that time, it was 94 drives,” said Franklin. “I didn’t keep track of the number after that, but the American Red Cross called just before the August drive to congratulate me on reaching 100 blood drives.”
Because of Franklin’s commitment to OU’s five annual blood drives, OU has had a close relationship with the Red Cross, even serving as the first university to use the Red Cross’ online appointment process for donors.
To give blood, donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the last eight weeks.
The winter blood drive will be held Jan. 22-24 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. each day in the Oakland Center Gold Rooms. To make an appointment to give blood during OU’s blood drive, visit the Red Cross donation Web site. OU’s sponsor code is “oublood.” Complete the required information, including best time to donate. Those who want to donate can also call the Center for Student Activities at (248) 370-2400 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to make an appointment or receive more information.