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Release date:September 19, 2006

University plans blood drive to benefit leukemia patient

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University will host a blood drive with United Blood Services on Friday, Sept. 22, to benefit student Michael Akers.

              Akers, a 20-year-old junior from Fort Worth, was diagnosed with leukemia as the fall semester began and has been hospitalized in Lubbock since then. According to his mother, Lani, Michael anticipates another three weeks at Covenant Lakeside before returning home.

              “His condition is improving slowly,” she said.

              The blood drive will be held in the McClung University Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling Donna Wiley at (806) 291-3755.

              Those wishing to donate must be well and healthy, at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. The last blood donation must have been at least eight weeks ago and the last plasma donation at least four weeks ago.

              Taking medications does not automatically eliminate potential donors, but certain drugs must not have been taken recently. At least three days must pass after the last dose of antibiotics, and allergy shots and flu shots do not affect donation status.

              Please bring any medications and a picture ID to the donation site.

              For more questions about donation, contact UBS at (806) 797-6804.