28th Annual Carolina Blood Drive Exceeds Expectations

UNC collected 842 pints of blood at the 28th annual Carolina Blood Drive on Tuesday, surpassing the goal of 830 pints organizers had set.

A release says the 842 pints collected pushed UNC over 25,000 pints collected since 1998.

Superior Court Judge Carl Fox – who is battling cancer and is working to raise awareness about the need for bone marrow donors through the “Save the Fox” campaign – thanked the crowd for their donations.

“I have donated blood, but never thought I would need blood,” Fox said to a crowd of blood donors at the Smith Center during the drive. “I am here to say thank you because the blood from people like you kept me alive.”

“Every day, the Red Cross needs about 800 donations to meet the needs of about 100 regional hospitals in the Carolinas region,” Red Cross spokesperson Krystal Overmyer said in a release. “The fact that UNC donors gave well over that amount yesterday is proof of the generous spirit of UNC community and its commitment to making a difference. The pints donated are especially appreciated during this challenging summer period, a time when we often struggle to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. We are extremely grateful for the entire UNC community for supporting our mission of helping save lives.”


Celebrity Tar Heels Unite For Carolina Blood Drive 25th Anniversary

CHAPEL HILL – UNC will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Carolina Blood Drive on June 4. It’s goal is to collect 1,000 units of blood.

The blood drive will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center.

Patti Thorp—wife our UNC’s out-going Chancellor Holden Thorp— has been a big supporter of the blood drive. She stopped by the WCHL Studio this week to chat with Ron Stutts.

Hear the full interview:

Patti Thorp with Ron Stutts Part One

Patti Thorp with Ron Stutts Part Two

“Red Cross folks have promised us it will be a very efficient process,” Thorp said. “You’ll just come-in, we get you set-up, and get you out of there. And then, we’ll give you lots of free food, free prizes, free treats—everything!”

Patti Thorp will be joined by other Tar Heel celebrities including UNC athletic director, Bubba Cunningham; executive vice chancellor and provost, Bruce Carney; and former Voice of the Tar Heels, Woody Durham.

Everyone who donates blood will receive a Carolina Blood Drive t-shirt.

Over the past 24 years, the Carolina Blood Drive has collected 21,786 units of blood impacting 65,358 lives.

Campus and community members can make an appointment to give blood or volunteer at the blood drive by clicking here  or by calling 919-605-3045.

To find out whether you are eligible to donate, click here.