The numbers are in from this year’s Give Life Day at the USF College of Public Health on September 19.
According to Ellen Kent, USF Health Service Corps coordinator, approximately 200 USF Health faculty staff and students decided to give life in order to save a life.
OneBlood, a not-for-profit community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood, brought their Big Red Bus to the COPH for any attendees interested in donating blood.
Donate Life Florida, dedicated to motivating Floridians to designate themselves as organ, tissue and eye donors, so lives are saved and enhanced through donation and transplantation, gained new organ and tissue donor registrations.
Some attendees registered for the first time while others stopped by their table to confirm that they had already registered for Donate Life Florida when they received their driver’s license.
Additionally, attendees registered for the National Marrow Donor Program’s “Be the Match” campaign. Kent said that student volunteers made it all possible.
The National Marrow Donor registry is currently the largest and most diverse donor registry in the world helping create matches more quickly and efficiently.
Participants were educated on the Yellow Dot Program, which is designed to assist Florida residents and first responders in the event of an automobile crash or other medical emergency involving a motor vehicle. The program helps save lives by improving communication at a time when accident victims may be unable to communicate for themselves.
To participate, a yellow dot decal is displayed on a car’s rear windshield or in a clearly visible location. The yellow dot prompts emergency responders to look for the Yellow Dot pamphlet in the vehicle’s glove compartment. The information provided on the pamphlet will help emergency responders decide how to treat the driver in the event of a accident.
Students and staff also had the opportunity to learn and perform hands-only CPR.
Along with automobile safety, students were given free helmets to raise the importance of bike safety on campus.
Give Life Day also included volunteers from the Tampa Fire Rescue, Florida Department of Transportation, USF Center for Urban Transportation Research, and USF Police Department.
Kent thanked all volunteers for their contributions and COPH faculty members who invited community partners and student volunteers into their classrooms to talk with students about the importance of participating in Give Life Day.
“Thank you all so much for your incredible contributions to this event,” she said. “It was fun working with everyone and I hope that you all had a great time!”
Story by Caitlin Keough, USF College of Public Health
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