Wrestling to Hold Blood Drive on Tuesday, April 25 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital

April 18, 2017

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Rutgers wrestling program and Embrace Kids Foundation will hold its second annual blood drive on Tuesday, April 25 from 3-8 p.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Those who participate in the blood drive will help save the lives of people in dire need of blood transfusions.

To register for the event, click here. Donors who participate in the event will receive a $10 gift card to Hansel n' Griddle restaurant in New Brunswick. Last year, more than 200 donors were present at the drive.

"It's always a pleasure any time we're able to work with Embrace Kids," said head coach Scott Goodale. "Last year's blood drive was a huge success and we're looking forward to matching and surpassing last year's participation numbers this time around. Our program is excited to raise awareness and to get as many people as possible to come out to support this great cause.

Throughout the day, Rutgers wrestlers will be on hand to interact with donors and sign autographs. The blood drive will benefit patients of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Embrace Kids foundation, which works to improve the quality of life for families whose children are battling cancer, sickle cell and other serious health issues.

Rutgers wrestling began its association with Embrace Kids during the 2013-14 season and has since gone on to spend time with and mentor numerous children bravely battling their diseases.

"We're thankful for Rutgers wrestling and the Embrace Kids Foundation's support," says Sally Wells, Business Development Liaison for RWJUH Blood Services. "Because we are an academic medical center, the Flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and a Level I Trauma Center, our clinicians address some of the most serious illnesses in the state. Blood and blood products serve as a crucial lifeline for our patients. We depend heavily on generous blood donors like Rutgers wrestling."

WHAT: Rutgers Wrestling/Embrace Kids Blood Drive
WHERE: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
WHEN: Tuesday, April 25 | 3-8 p.m.
REGISTER: Click Here

About Embrace Kids Foundation
Embrace Kids Foundation is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and has always been based in New Brunswick, NJ. Embrace Kids is located blocks from Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and organizes many community-based projects with both institutions. The mission of Embrace Kids Foundation is to lighten the burden, maintain normalcy and improve the quality of life for families whose children are battling cancer, sickle cell and other serious health issues. Embrace Kids provides financial assistance, individualized tutoring, family services, inspirational events and parties and by-grant funding palliative care, child life and counseling. Embrace Kids has also provided major gifts totaling $6 million to entities now part of Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences and $5 million in major gifts to RWJUH.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women's and children's care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org).  As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH's New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

For the 9th year in a row, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ranks among "America's Best Hospitals" according to U.S. News & World Report. To find a great RWJ physician, our physician referral service is available 24/7 by phone at 1-888-MD-RWJUH(1-888-637-9584). Learn more at www.rwjuh.edu and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rwjuh) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/rwjuh).

About Donating Blood
In the United States, nine out of 10 people will need blood at some time in their lives. In fact, it is estimated that 85 percent of Americans will need a transfusion by age 75. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's Blood Services rely on the support of individuals and area service organizations to provide a significant amount of blood used at the hospitals. However, the need for blood often is greater than the number of donors. Your donation can help save the life of someone in need.

Donors must:
Be at least 17-years-old (16 years old with parental consent)
Weigh at least 110 pounds (120 pounds if 16 years old)
Present valid signature identification

You may not donate if you:
Have a history of viral hepatitis at age 11 or older
Are recovering from an infectious illness
Are in a high-risk group, such as those with AIDS
Spent a total of three months or more in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1996
Spent five years or more in Europe (including time spent in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1996) since 1980
Served more than six months at a military base in certain European countries between 1980 and 1996

To learn more or to become a blood donor, call 908-685-2926 or 732-235-8100, ext. 221. If you are unable to donate blood, you can help by volunteering your time in one of our donor rooms.

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