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Nov. 29, 2006

UI Football Blood Donation Drive Continues

As the Hawkeyes prepare for the Alamo Bowl, they also will continue their partnership for saving lives with the DeGowin Blood Center during a special blood drive event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, on the first level of the John Pappajohn Pavilion at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The 2006-2007 blood donor campaign opened June 5 at the UI Hall of Fame Museum. Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, assistant coaches, players and others in the Iowa football family took a break from summer workouts to roll up their sleeves and give blood. Team members also participated in another blood donation drive during "Beat Iowa State Week" in September.

"All of us can be very proud of Coach Ferentz, his staff and players," said Paula Dayton, donor recruitment coordinator in the DeGowin Blood Center. "We are deeply grateful to all of them for their leadership and their commitment to helping save the lives of our patients."

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our team to give back to the community," Ferentz said. "It's really not a difficult process. We encourage everyone who is physically able to donate to do so and to join us in helping others."

Donors who donate on Nov. 30 either at the blood drive or in the DeGowin Blood Center become eligible to enter a special drawing for one of four autographed Iowa footballs. Donors also will receive one of the DeGowin Blood Center's popular "I Bleed Black and Gold" T-shirts.

Other upcoming DeGowin and UI Football Program Leadership Team events include:

--A series of appearances by players during the high school blood drives during the spring of 2007.

--A special ceremony to honor the Hawkeyes for their support at halftime of the next Iowa Spring Game.

The number of donors that can be accommodated during these drives is limited, so donors should schedule a time to donate. Sign up to donate by calling the DeGowin Blood Center at 319-356-2058 or visiting the Center's Web site at

The DeGowin Blood Center supplies blood products for patients at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Last year, there were more than 32,000 transfusions involving blood products at UI Hospitals and Clinics, or an average of nearly 90 every day. You must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be cold and flu symptom free for five days to donate blood.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,