PA Students' Successful Blood Drive

With dozens of blood drives canceled due to over sixteen snowstorms in the 2013-2014 winter season in New York, the Pace University Physician Assistant Class of 2015 decided to use their numbers to deliver life-saving blood products to patients in need. One in three people need a blood product at some point in their life. There is no substitute for human blood and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.

On March 6th, 2014, the PA students at Pace University teamed up with the New York Blood Center and ran the most successful blood drive to date. The class of 2015 rose to the occasion with their camaraderie and commitment to helping others, by attracting over 200 people. At the end of the day, supplies ran out, and a total of 163 pints of blood were collected!

In addition to the blood donations, the Be The Match Foundation was on site and obtained over 50 new bone marrow registrants. The registry is used to find matches for patients with Multiple Myeloma, leukemia and other hematologic disorders.

A special thanks to Susan Cappelmann, associate director, and the rest of the faculty for their continuous support and for fostering the tradition of community involvement, which is integral to the physician assistant profession.

-Paula Cobos, Rivka Horwitz, Pegah Moosazadeh, PA-S

Pace University Physician Assistant Program c/o 2015