CPP wins ‘Out for Blood’

By Gloria Gonzalez

Cal Poly Pomona reclaimed the title in the “Out for Blood”
competition against Mt. SAC this year.

CPP collected a total of 397 pints of blood to that of Mt. SAC’s
329 pints. The winner is selected by the total number of pints
collected from each school for that entire academic year.

CPP lost last year for the first time since 2006, which is when
the competition began.

“I was surprised at first, since I did not think that our 200
pints for the April drive was sufficient to win,” said Debbie
Jackley, coordinator of marketing and health services relations at
Student Health Services. “We had collected well over 200 units in
April drives of past, but since Mt. SAC was down in their
donations, this helped us pull ahead.”

Jackley said there is a travel trophy that will be updated with
the CPP name and year, as well as the number of units
collected.

CPP is expected to be recognized at the Southern California
American Red Cross annual meeting and recognition banquet in
September for collecting the most units at a single university
site.

Director of Student Life at Mt. SAC Maryann Tolano-Leveque said
even though Mt. SAC did not win this year, she was proud that they
have been part of such an honorable contribution.

“The competition was created so that we could assist the
American Red Cross with blood donations,” said Tolano-Leveque. “So
coming in second is secondary to the fact that we were able to help
save lives. We are just glad that we were able to be a part of that
process.”

More than a thousand lives can be saved with the donations given
by CPP, which have also helped the American Red Cross with local
blood shortages.

“Human blood is very precious,” said Jackley. “There is no
synthetic substitute for it as of yet, and to think that one pint
could save up to three people’s lives is very powerful.”

Denise Ybarra, head of donor recruitment for the American Red
Cross, said she is very thankful for the support and donations
provided by both CPP and Mt. SAC.

“Only a small percentage of the population that is eligible to
give blood donates on a regular basis,” said Ybarra. “Each donation
is crucial.

According to redcrossblood.org, every two seconds someone needs
blood, and some areas of the country need more blood than what they
are able to collect; Southern California being one of those areas
in particular.

When the Red Cross has a shortage of local blood, it must import
blood from other states, and they currently have to import about 40
percent of their blood supplies in order to meet the demand.

“One never knows when they might be in an accident, or might
develop some disease or disorder where they would require
additional blood,” said Jackley. “So donating now, while you can,
is a way to help ensure that others may benefit from it later
on.”

Jackley said this is why the “Out for Blood” competition is
considered important and not just to win a trophy and have bragging
rights over Mt. SAC, but in order to save people’s lives.

“I think the blood drive gives students an opportunity to give
back to the community,” said Jackley. “Our students are very
community service oriented, and even if they are unable to donate
blood, this program allows them to donate their time by helping at
the drives and encouraging others to donate as well.”

Even though the 2010-2011 competition has just ended, CPP health
officials are urging students, faculty and friends to come out and
donate for the 2011-12 events, which will be held Oct. 18-20. The
dates for the drive in April of next year are still to be
determined.

“Move past your fear of a needle stick and think about those
people who may be suffering or ill, and who a [is] in desperate
need of your blood,” said Jackley. “The pain is minimal, and the
reward for donating far surpasses the inconvenience of a needle
stick. Taking an hour of your time to save up to three people’s
lives with your blood can make you a hero.”

To donate blood, certain requirements must be met. Donors must
be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in
good health. To read more about eligibility requirements, visit
www.redcross.org.

CPP wins

File Ana Brenda Ibarra / The Poly Post

CPP wins ‘Out for Blood’

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