UCR Blood Drive to Promote the Need for Latino Donors

Latino Union teams with LifeStream of San Bernardino for César E. Chávez Blood Drive Challenge on May 14


The César E. Chávez Blood Drive Challenge will be held at UC Riverside on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Invoking the name and legacy of César E. Chávez, the University of California, Riverside’s Latino Union has teamed up with LifeStream of San Bernardino and the Idaho-based Migrant Students Foundation to host the César E. Chávez Blood Drive Challenge on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

The drive will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Olmstead Theatre Plaza, near the Rivera Library.

While many different campus organizations host blood drives throughout the school year, this one serves the dual purpose of increasing blood supply as well as raising awareness of the need for blood donations from the Latino community.

“The challenge has helped focus attention on the Latino community, which is underrepresented in the blood donor community at large,” said LifeStream President, CEO and Medical Director Frederick B. Axelrod, M.D. “It is imperative that this growing, vibrant sector of the U.S. population is made more aware of the cause of saving lives through voluntary blood donation.”

Emmanuel Rosales, a senior English major from Coachella and the Latino Union community service coordinator, said that members of the Latino Union will be tabling outside the LifeStream trucks to promote the challenge and raise awareness of the need for more Latino donors. However, he was quick to add that the blood drive is open to anyone.

“The goal of the drive is to get as many Latino donors as possible, but everyone can donate,” Rosales said.

The Chávez Challenge, now in its fourth year, is sponsored by Migrant Students Foundation (MSF), a non-profit organization that connects migrant and farmworker families in the United States with scholarships, internships and service learning opportunities.

In addition to raising awareness about the importance of blood donation in under-represented communities, the program is designed to promote health education, health science careers and civic engagement. The UCR event is the last of almost 300 college campus blood drives nationwide.

“(This year) some 40,000 college students have donated blood in honor of César E. Chávez,” said Glen Galindo, founder of the MSF.

Rosales said that while the Latino Union hosts blood drives on a quarterly basis, sponsoring an event in the name of the famed social justice leader made this one a little more special.

“Our organization was founded on the principal of community service, of giving back to the community. César E. Chávez is a symbol of Latino power and endurance, so it is a perfect combination,” Rosales said.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Emmanuel Rosales, event organizer
Tel: (760) 574-7603

Don Escalante, LiveStream San Bernardino
Tel: (909) 386-6818
E-mail: descalante@lstream.org

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