UNCC blood donor wins Apple iPad 2

The Red Cross provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals in our area, and needs 1,600 platelet donations each weekday to meet demand

A UNC Charlotte student and American Red Cross blood donor is now the lucky owner of an Apple iPad 2.

Wesley Parrish, a senior at UNCC, was entered into the drawing for the iPad 2 after donating blood at the “49ers For Life” drive on January 12, 2012.

Parrish has participated in the university’s drive for the past few years.

“I gave blood for the first time two years ago and have given several times a year since then,” he said. “I give blood because it makes me feel good to know that I am helping someone.”

When Parrish isn’t saving lives by giving blood, he is juggling a major in sociology and minors in gerontology and public health. He’s also a huge supporter of Charlotte athletics and is an active member and treasurer of the school’s swim club.

“We are so grateful for all the students and faculty at UNCC who made the blood drive a success,” said Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “We just really want to show our donors how much we appreciate them and their commitment to helping save lives.”

Even though the holiday season is over, the need for blood is constant. Like the Emergency Room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Through the everyday support and generosity of blood and platelet donors, the Red Cross can be prepared to do this day-in and day-out, no matter when or where these blood products are needed.

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be safely given every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Call 1-877-975-2835 to make an appointment to donate platelets.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please oin our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.