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American Red Cross "Grateful Life Tour" Coming to FSU
02/05/2004

Do you remember when Simon and Garfunkel had a hit single? Did you watch the Partridge Family? The American Red Cross is bringing back the '70s for those who lived it and for those who read about it, so jump on the bandwagon and join the "Grateful Life Tour."

The "Grateful Life Tour" is a grassroots effort to raise awareness of the need for blood and to get community members excited about giving the gift of life. The Tour will visit Frostburg State University on Monday, Feb. 9, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Lane University Center. Each presenting donor will receive a psychedelic "Grateful Life Tour" tie-dyed t-shirt and can enter a drawing to win a mountain bike.

The FSU blood drive is being sponsored by the FSU chapter of the National Broadcasting Society and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

“Numerous volunteers, businesses and organizations will be ‘rolling up their sleeves’ to help us reach our goal to collect more than 125,000 units of blood,” said Taunia Oechslin, senior director, Donor Recruitment and Communications, for the Greater Alleghenies Region of American Red Cross Blood Services.

“We wanted to find a way to make giving blood fun for our donors and we think this is the answer,” Oechslin adds. “Everyone knows something about the pop culture of the '70s and may find a personal way to relate to the "Grateful Life Tour," whether it be seeing Archie Bunker on reruns of the "All in the Family" or listening to an Eagles album.”

A full list of blood drive and blood centers that the "Grateful Life Tour" will be visiting is available on www.redcrosslife.org.

To be eligible to donate, a person must be at least 17 years of age; weigh at least 105 pounds; and be in generally good health.

The Greater Alleghenies Region directly serves hospitals, patients and donors in a 100-county area in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, and also supports blood needs experienced by patients elsewhere in hospitals served through Red Cross Blood Services.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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