PULLMAN, Wash. — A two-day blood and marrow drive is set during February, Black History Month, at Washington State University.

Officials of Spokane’s Inland Northwest Blood Center, which is holding the semi-annual WSU event, said the drive will honor the late Dr. Charles R. Drew, an African-American physician noted for his blood plasma research.

In addition to giving blood, donors, including WSU students, faculty and staff, will be given the option of registering with the National Marrow Donor Program.

The drive will be held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 27 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Carey Ballroom of the Compton Union Building.

Blood drive sponsors include Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Rho Nu Nursing Club, Air Force ROTC and the Pharmacy Club.

Kathryn Blott of the center said, “All fraternities and sororities are challenged to participate. The Greek chapter with the greatest percentage of members donating will receive a trophy in recognition of their community and school involvement. We need help to reach our goal of 200 donors per day.”

Blood donated will help to supply more than 27 medical facilities in the Inland Northwest, she said. “This year has already seen severe shortages in the most common blood types and without help, patients with cancer, severe burns, blood disorders, emergency needs and those with complicated surgeries, just to name a few, will lack adequate support.” .

For additional information, call the Inland Northwest Blood Center, 800/423-0151.

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