Give Life Day at COPH an unqualified success

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The numbers are in from this year’s Give Life Day at COPH, the semi-annual service drive sponsored by the USF College of Public Health, and they spell success in any language.

According to Ellen Kent, USF Health Service Corps coordinator, the Oct. 16 event yielded impressive numbers in every category.

A blood drive took in 26 units from the 31 people who registered to donate. Donate Life Florida gained nine new organ and tissue donor registrations, and some 75 others stopped by to confirm their places on the registry. A citizen CPR table was busy teaching the basics of emergency life-saving to numerous participants.

CON student Patricia Macaluso

College of Nursing student Patricia Macaluso (above) and Dr. John Petrila (below), chair of Health Policy and Management, were all smiles when it came time to give.

John Petrila 2

Additionally, more than 50 people registered for the National Marrow Donor Program’s “Be the Match” campaign. Student volunteers from the Morsani College of Medicine and the new USF Be the Match Club made it all possible, Kent said.

Kent also thanked the numerous other volunteers and the COPH faculty members who invited community partners to speak to their undergraduate classes.

Give Life Day at COPH is held each April and October.

Samantha Visser and Ryan Ortega (5)

CON student Samantha Visser and COPH student Ryan Ortega demonstrate that registering for “Be the Match” is as easy as 1-2-3!

Samantha Visser and Ryan Ortega (6)

Samantha Visser and Ryan Ortega (7)


Story by David Brothers, USF College of Public Health. Photos by Ellen Kent and Natalie D. Preston.