DETROIT, Mich. -- On Oct. 31, Marygrove's Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine & Wellness, William Pugh, spearheaded a blood drive on campus through the American Red Cross. The blood drive could not have come a better time as Hurricane Sandy's devastation forced the cancellation of approximately 300 American Red Cross blood drives in 14 states along the eastern seaboard.
The cancellations accounted for an estimated 11,000 units of blood and platelets to date. With Marygrove's efforts, the American Red Cross was able to inch toward their ongoing goal after 24 pints of blood were collected. The two-dozen pints will be credited with saving a staggering 72 lives due to the generosity of the many donors that came out to give blood.
Pugh was flanked by three Marygrove student-athletes that assisted with the blood drive: Ysen Dalipi, Gaven King, Kaitlyn Vigna, and Charles Young. The group of Mustangs assisted with the blood drive's marketing efforts leading up to the event, helped provide post-donation drinks and snacks, and assisted with the blood drive sign-in log for the day.
"I would like to send a special thanks to the Marygrove Bookstore, Cafeteria, and Subway (made possible by Ysen Dalipi), for their contributions and support with the blood drive," said Pugh.
For more information on Marygrove's Wellness Services, please visit our wellness page or contact William Pugh at (313) 927-1494.