College Students Unite to Save Lives

Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University Raise Awareness of Lifesaving Donations

WHAT: Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University are teaming up with Be The Match, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Donate Life Texas to raise awareness of the thousands of Houstonians in need of lifesaving donations.

Every day, thousands of people across the U.S., including hundreds in the greater Houston area, are in need of lifesaving blood, bone marrow and/or organ donations. Each university will host “Education Thru Entertainment” on campus in April to call attention to the need for more diverse blood, bone marrow, organ and tissue donors and to shatter the myths associated with each type of donation.

During this “Battle of the Cats,” students will be challenged to see which school raises the most support. “Education Thru Entertainment” will culminate with a lunch forum on each campus hosted by 97.9 The Box, where students will hear from actual bone marrow, blood and organ/tissue recipients and field experts.

 Visit www.giveblood.org for more information, including daily event details.

WHEN/
WHERE:

April 6 through 8:                       April 20 through 22:
 Texas Southern University       Prairie View A&M University
 3100 Cleburne St.                   100 University Drive
 Houston, Texas 77004            Prairie View, Texas 77446
 Media welcome to attend lunch forum at 1 p.m. on April 8 and 22.
 
CONTACT: Tracie Benton, Community Engagement Manager, Be The Match
 tbenton@giveblood.org, (713) 419-7749 – mobile, (713) 791-7723 – office
 Laura Frnka-Davis, Director of Communications, Donate Life Texas
 ldavis@lifegift.org, (713) 349-2570 – office, (713) 409-1480 – mobile
 
ABOUT US:  Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center: Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is an independent, non-profit blood center that supplies blood components to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region.

Be The Match: Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center houses the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program and is an accredited donor center for the National Marrow Donor Program which operates the Be The Match® Registry. Be The Match helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant.

Donate Life Texas: Donate Life Texas provides a way for individuals to make their wish to be an organ, eye and tissue donor known. It also provides legal, first-person authorization for organs to be donated upon death, which removes the burden of decision-making from the family during an already difficult time. To register and for more information, visit www.donatelifetexas.org.

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