2013-2014 Update

Wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve posted – it has been a very busy year for the Blood Drives United Team! Here’s all that’s happened in the 2013-14 academic year:

  • Improved relations with the American Red Cross to enhance donor experience at blood drives
  • Undertook a mission to write a petition challenging the FDA’s MSM policy – any male who has ever had sex with another male is prohibited from donating blood for life. After our petition only received a couple thousand signatures, we adjusted our approach to raising community awareness about the MSM policy. Want to learn more? Visit our page on our website at http://www.umich.edu/~bloodbat/msm.html or contact us at blooddrivesunited@umich.edu
  • Had an article published in the Michigan Daily Newspaper about the MSM policy – http://michigandaily.com/opinion/04viewpoint-bleed-equality09
  • Competed in our 32nd Blood Battle against the Ohio State University – WE WON: UM 2575 pints, OSU 2270 pints
  • Every one of our drives during Blood Battle took the form of a sponsor drive. Any man ineligible to donate because of the MSM policy could bring a donor to donate on his behalf, a visual representation that without this discriminatory policy twice as much blood could have been collected
  • One chair graduated and three more were added to the team between the fall and winter semesters
  • Competed against Michigan State University during Face Off – WE WON: UM 1231 pints, MSU 1198 pints
  • Two chairs graduated in May, leaving five dedicated ladies to run Blood Drives United
  • Currently we are holding one blood drive each month during the summer and are preparing for Blood Battle 2014!
  • Photo time:

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The five happy Blood Battle 2013 chairs in the Big House during the UM vs OSU football game

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Proudly hoisting the trophy in the air after officially winning Blood Battle! Sadly, our football team was not as successful and lost to OSU

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Six of the seven chairs during the Face Off 2014 competition

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A glimpse at our MSM policy efforts, featuring t-shirts “I Helped” and “I Wanted to Help” as well as buttons declaring “Bleeding for Equality”

We are excited for the upcoming school year and all that it will bring! But first, it’s summer.

Always bleeding maize and blue ❤

 

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