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Save a Life on Tuesday: FUSNA President Madelyn Ball Talks About Upcoming Blood Drive

October 23, 2020

Finlandia Fridays is back this week with a way for you to save three lives next Tuesday.

Finlandia University Student Nurses Association (FUSNA) President, Madelyn Ball, talks with Finlandia Fridays host, Olivia Myers, about the upcoming Blood Drive on Oct. 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Matthew.

“I’ve always encouraged just to try to donate because it’s so important,” said Ball, a senior nursing student from Hancock. “Even in my few clinical years and experiences, I’ve seen a lot of blood being hung for patients. You wouldn’t think it’s super often or that it’s only with traumatic things, but I’ve seen regular patients who have low hemoglobin and need red blood cells. With one unit that you donate, you can potentially save three lives. So I think one packet and 15 minutes of your time goes a super long way. Personally for me, it’s a small inconvenience.”

The FUSNA is partnering with UP Health Systems Regional Blood Center to sponsor the event. There is currently a shortage of donated blood in the Upper Peninsula and across the country and Ball hopes that people will turn up to help combat the shortage. Ball also talked about the COVID-19 precautions that will be in place during the event. Those not able to donate blood can still give back by purchasing items from the FUSNA’s bake sale and candy bar sale. Proceeds from the bake sale will go to the FUSNA and proceeds from the candy bars will go to Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderly.

You can make an appointment to donate blood or walk-in the day of the event. To make an appointment, please contact Allyson Solka at arsolka@finlandia.edu. For further questions, please reach out to Madelyn Ball at mmball@finlandia.edu.

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