Donate Blood in Honor of the Boston Marathon Anniversary 4/22

By Kristin Palladino

April 15th marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The explosions injured approximately 260 people and claimed 3 lives.

The Association of Clinical Laboratory Students (ACLS) Club is marking the anniversary by asking the UMass Lowell community to give back. The ACLS Club will host an American Red Cross blood drive Tuesday, April 22 at UMass Lowell in honor of the bombing victims.

This event coincides with Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, which is April 21 to 25. Medical Laboratory Scientists working in blood bank labs collect blood from donors, test the donor blood for infectious diseases, process the blood into the various blood cell components, and finally, ensure that the donor blood and blood products are safe to transfuse to the patient in need.

The American Red Cross Massachusetts Blood Services Region provided nearly 600 blood products to Boston-area hospitals in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. The goal of this blood drive is to honor the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy.

The drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cumnock Hall. Those wanting to give blood can walk in the day of the event.

Please contact Kristin Palladino, Medical Laboratory Sciences Program Director, 978-934-6455 with any questions.