14th Annual Ron Brooks Blood Drive Extended
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- Written By: Rhonda Alfred
Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) Blood Donor Center is proud to kick off the 14th Annual Ron Brooks Blood Drive Challenge. The blood drive is currently underway and has been extended to October 9th due to a very active hurricane season affecting the donor center hours. This annual blood drive challenges Louisiana State University (LSU) fans to give the gift of life by donating blood at the TGMC Blood Donor Center.
Ron Brooks, an avid Ole Miss fan, founded the drive that started thirteen years ago as a challenge to bring awareness to the importance of blood donation and increase the number of blood donors. Over the past 14 years, the Ron Brooks Blood Drive Challenge has brought over 9,400 donated pints to TGMC’s Blood Donor Center. Each year, Brooks donates $1.00 to The Foundation for TGMC for each pint of blood donated. This year’s overall goal is 800 pints. Blood donations are a crucial part of saving lives within our community. Someone needs blood every two seconds. It takes about 40 minutes to donate one pint that can save up to three lives.
In addition to bringing much needed life-saving blood to TGMC and patients, the funds that Brooks donates to The Foundation for TGMC will be given back to residents in our community through healthy lifestyle-centered programs offered by TGMC. The mission of The Foundation for TGMC is to develop and maintain a comprehensive program of financial giving in the community for the sole purpose of promoting, developing, and expanding the services, functions, purpose, and mission of TGMC in providing exceptional healthcare with compassion.
“We are excited to enter into our 14th year of this challenge,” said Phyllis Peoples, President and CEO. Through this annual blood drive, we are able to receive blood donations that save over 28,000 lives in our community. “We appreciate all of the community support and would like to encourage everyone to participate in this life saving event.”
Each donor will receive a commemorative seat cushion and be entered in a drawing to win a football signed by LSU’s Coach Orgeron, a $1000 voucher for a trip of their choice, and $1 per pint donated for the foundation. All first-time donors will be entered to win a VISA gift card. All winners will be announced on the last day of the drive, September 25th.
For more information, please call (985) 873-4025 or stop by the Blood Donor Center located in TGMC’s Medical Annex Building behind the hospital on Belanger Street (across from the parking garage). Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 7:30am -3:30pm. Monday and Thursday 7:30am – 5:00pm. With Appointments only after 3:30 on these days. Appointments are only necessary after 4:00 pm but are encouraged.