EMU ROTC cadets gear up for "Save a Soldier" blood drive April 12

by Pamela Young, Published April 06, 2010

YPSILANTI - When First Lt. Derick Carver of the 82nd Airborne Infantry Rangers arrived in Afghanistan in fall 2009, he knew what he was getting into. What he didn’t expect was running into an improvised explosive device (IED) approximately four months into his first tour of duty.

That blast left the 2007 Eastern Michigan University graduate seriously injured. He lost his left leg at mid thigh, one hand was mangled and he needed 51 units of blood over the course of his treatment.

Once his former ROTC classmates heard about his injuries, they sprung into action and developed a unique blood drive called “Save a Soldier.”  The drive is scheduled Monday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in room 22 at Roosevelt Hall. Cadet Adam Stephens of Romulus is coordinating the drive.

All units of blood raised will go directly to the military medical teams, said Lieutenant Colonel David Beougher, professor of military science at EMU.

“The cadets hope to raise 132 units of blood,” said Beougher. “We’ve already reached out to the police and fire departments to participate. “

A medical team from Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, will drive to EMU to conduct the drive.

“Although our goal is 132 units, we’d love to collect 200 units of blood, and really highlight the generosity and concern of the Eastern Michigan community,” added Beougher.

Prospective donors can register online at militarydonor.com and type in EMU’s zip code (48197). Although walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is encouraged. Groups willing to donate can contact Cadet Stephens at astephe5@emich.edu

Free t-shirts will be given to the first 100 donors.

Pamela Young

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