The 12th Annual Ron Brooks Blood Drive Challenge that benefits the Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) Blood Donor Center is currently underway and will run through Sept. 28. This yearly blood drive challenges Louisiana State University (LSU) fans to give the gift of life by donating blood at the TGMC Blood Donor Center.
Ron Brooks, an avid Ole Miss fan, founded the drive that started 11 years ago as a challenge to Ole Miss’s football opponents, LSU, to bring awareness to the importance of blood donation and increase the number of blood donors. Over the past 12 years, the Ron Brooks Blood Drive Challenge has brought over 7,000 donated pints to TGMC’s Blood Donor Center. Each year, Brooks donates $1 to The Foundation for TGMC for each pint of blood donated. This year’s overall goal is 1,000 pints.
Blood donations are a crucial part of saving lives within our community. Someone needs blood every two seconds. It takes about 40 minutes to donate one pint that can save up to three lives.
In addition to bringing much needed life-saving blood to TGMC and patients, the funds that Brooks donates to The Foundation for TGMC will be given back to residents in the community through healthy lifestyle-centered programs offered by TGMC.
“We are excited to enter into our 12th year of this challenge,” said Ron Brooks. “Through this annual blood drive, we are able to receive blood donations that save the lives of people in our community. We really want to encourage LSU fans to come out and show your support not only for the Tigers, but for members of our community that rely on these blood donations.”
Each donor will receive a purple and gold commemorative t-shirt and be entered in a drawing to win an autographed football by the Manning family, an autographed football by LSU Coach Ed Orgeron, and a $1,000 voucher for a trip of the winner’s choice. All first-time donors will be entered to win a Google Home in addition to the other drawings. The winners will be announced on HTV 10 on Oct. 1.
For more information, call (985) 873-4616 or stop by the Blood Donor Center located in TGMC’s Medical Annex Building behind the hospital on Belanger Street (across from the parking garage).