Donate Life Club Has Near Record Turnout in First Blood Drive of 2022-2023 Academic Year
The Successful Drive Follows A Record-Breaking Year of Donations
The Donate Life Club at New York Medical College (NYMC) started the academic year strong with a big turnout for their first blood drive of the year on August 18, already achieving one quarter of the last year’s record-breaking amount of donations. The drive was done in collaboration with the New York Blood Center and local breweries called “Pint for a Pint,” where blood donors receive a voucher for a free beverage at a later date.
NYMC students filed in Willner Atrium Lobby in the Medical Education Center, coming together to yield 65 donations—one shy of matching the record for donations in a single drive— that will benefit about 187 patients in local area hospitals. The total easily surpassed the Donate Life Club’s goal of 50 donations for their first drive, said Richard Wang, School of Medicine (SOM) Class of 2025 and co-president of the club. “Our team is very thankful to all of the donors, and we believe the Pint for a Pint partnership was a huge success that helped turnout,” Mr. Wang said.
The Donate Life Club is coming off a very successful 2021-2022 academic year, where they not only surpassed 200 donations for the first time but collected a record-shattering 256 donations throughout the year. The donations, which all came during a blood shortage in New York, reached approximately 650 patients in area hospitals in a time of great need.
After securing 25 percent of the previous year’s total, the Donate Life Club is on target to have another record-breaking year.