Do Lobos bleed cherry red? An opportunity to find out is set this week in the Student Union Building. New Mexico State University students challenged UNM to a competition for blood donations. The Community Life Experience from Associated Students of UNM organized the Battle of I-25 blood drive, which runs all week in Ballroom C of the SUB. Organizer Jillian Martinez said the goal is 450 units.
“We were talking with student government leaders at NMSU about student projects and they traditionally do a week long blood drive,” Martinez said. “We normally do a couple of blood drives during the year for a shorter time, but when they challenged us to a competition, we accepted the challenge.”
This is the first time the schools have competed in blood donations. Anyone who wants to help add to UNM’s total should sign up for a donation time. Every donation will count toward the UNM total.
UNM President Robert Frank, and his wife Janet, were on hand to kick off the blood drive. KOB’s Steve Stucker also came to the opening event to encourage students to donate. United Blood Services, a community non-profit, collects the blood. It is part of a network that provides blood to 500 hospitals throughout the west. More than 25 million people depend on the blood products collected during blood drives.