DCCC Student Government, Nursing Students Association Team to Host Two Events to Help Save Lives

March 21, 2013 – Two campus organizations at Davidson County Community College hope to save many lives by teaming up to host a blood drive and a Be the Match Registry event. The events will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 28 in two separate locations. The blood drive will be held in front of the Public Safety Building on the Davidson Campus in a Red Cross mobile unit; the Be the Match event will be held in rooms 104 and 105 of the Public Safety Building.

The Student Government Association (SGA) and the Davidson County Community College Association of Nursing Students will host the events that both organizations hope to be the first of many focused on student health and awareness.

“Being partnered with SGA is the overall goal of our club, knowing that nursing is not just about caring for individuals, but providing service to the community at-large,” says Kaye Fuson, adviser to the DCCC Association of Nursing Students. “We consider DCCC our community to care for.”

Those interested in participating in the Be the Match event will have their cheeks swabbed and may potentially join the Be the Match Registry. The registry is a part of the Be the Match Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps match donors with those in need of bone marrow transplants due to life-threatening blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases.

“A cure exists for these life-threatening illnesses, and we hope to help our community however we can,” says Melissa Whitt, president of the DCCC Association of Nursing Students. “Anyone on our campus has the potential to save a life, and that’s really something very powerful to think about.”

The blood drive marks a second opportunity for the DCCC community to help save more lives. Those interested in donating blood have the potential to save up to three lives for every pint donated. Four blood drives have been held on campus since July 2012, netting 125 units of blood – which means the DCCC community has helped save up to 375 lives this year.

“We are greatly impressed with the initiative our students have taken to help such a worthy cause,” says Lynne Watts, director of Student Life and Leadership at DCCC. “Participation in our campus blood drives has increased; students are more aware of the need not only in our community but around the country due to natural disasters and other emergency situations. This fifth blood drive marks the final one during the academic year, giving our students, faculty and staff an opportunity to become lifesavers.”

“Our hope for this joint event is, of course, participation, but also spreading awareness,” Fuson adds. “Both of our organizations always strive to rise above the bar.”

Those wishing to make an appointment to donate blood should contact Lynne Watts at lmwatts@davidsonccc.edu; however, walk-ins are also welcome. No appointment is necessary to join the Be the Match Registry.

For more information about Be the Match Registry, visit marrow.org; for information about donating blood, visit the American Red Cross at redcross.org.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.