The non-profit Florida’s Blood Centers organization recently started rewarding Central Florida universities and businesses that have donated substantial amounts of blood throughout the course of the year, and we were excited to find out that Full Sail was in the Top 10 for 2011. Through the blood drives that were held on campus last year, Full Sail students, staff, and faculty members donated 568 total units of blood, which resulted in 1,704 lives saved.
David Wiggins, Florida Blood Centers’ Director of Donor Recruitment, stopped by campus last month to present Full Sail with the special award. President Garry Jones and Full Sail staff member Ashley Mazza were on hand to accept the honor. Ashley, who works in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, has spearheaded the organization of these blood drives on campus in recent years.
“It’s close and personal for me as I had a sister (Charis Pierson) battle cancer and she was always needing blood transfusions, and there were times that she could not get one because of a shortage of blood,” says Ashley. “After her death, I took over organizing the campus blood drives in honor of her.”
The next blood drives on campus will be held on June 26 and 27 outside of Buildings 2, 3, and 4. (For more details, check out the event listing.) Here’s to saving even more lives in 2012 than we did last year!