carolina blood drivePatti and Rameses greet donors at the 2012 Carolina Blood Drive.
There isn’t much I enjoy more than cheering on our Tar Heels in the Smith Center. But June 4, I will have the privilege of cheering on another team of champions who will take that floor at the 2013 Carolina Blood Drive.
Every two seconds, someone in our country needs blood. If the need for blood hasn't personally touched your life, it likely will. For us, that time came when Holden was an undergraduate here at Carolina. He was hit by a car and came very close to losing his leg. We are so grateful to the blood donors who brought him through that experience.
The Carolina Blood Drive gives us the opportunity to help more than 3,000 patients in need, and we are pleased to be part of this amazing UNC tradition. With a goal of 1,000 units, the Carolina Blood Drive is one of the largest single-day, single-site blood drives in our state, and one of only a handful of its size in the entire nation. Since it was established under Chancellor Paul Hardin in 1989, the drive has produced more than 20,000 units of blood in its history. Recognized with awards for excellence by both the American Red Cross and the American Association of Blood Banks, it has inspired other universities to initiate similar drives.
It is heartwarming to see the way our campus comes together to put on an event of this size. Run entirely by faculty, staff and student volunteers, in partnership with the American Red Cross, the drive is a shining example of our public service mission. It’s also a lot of fun! You’ll see some familiar faces on the court this year, as Rameses and I will join Chancellor Emeritus Paul Hardin and his wife, Barbara, Jones Angell, Woody Durham and Eric Montross to personally thank our donors and volunteers. There are chances to win great door prizes and good food in the canteen from generous local vendors. Free parking is available for donors all day at the Smith Center.
We invite you, your co-workers, neighbors, family and friends to attend the 25th anniversary of the Carolina Blood Drive. Sign up today at www.unc.edu/blood, or come over on June 4 anytime between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. as a walk-in donor. Please join us in this life-saving Tar Heel tradition.
Patti Thorp has lived in the Chapel Hill area with her family since 1993. Her husband, Holden, was appointed the 10th Chancellor of the University in 2008.