Alpha Chapter and ESA Present Bone Marrow Registration

This past February 14th, 2011 the Brothers of Alpha Chapter of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. coordinated with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, Be the Match, and Epsilon Sigma Alpha to host a blood and bone marrow drive. After hearing about the tale of Sonia Rai from our national council listserv, we here at Alpha felt responsible to contributing our efforts in helping Sonia Rai find a suitable donor.

 

Thus, we immediately contacted our local blood drive center (Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center) and “Be the Match” to set up a drive on the University of Houston campus. After hearing about our efforts with the blood drive, we were contacted by Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a newly recognized sorority at UH, to see if they could help and possibly collaborate with us with the drive.

The blood drive lasted from early morning till mid-afternoon, and received a great turn out with numerous students and staff donating both blood and testing for bone marrow.  The drive was hosted at the University of Houston Cougar Den and with the help of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, we were able to collect blood from nearly 30 donors, 20 new “Be the Match” registrations and swabs.

Many of our own brothers participated in the drive, contributing a significant amount of blood and plasma cells.This blood drive was a great opportunity for us not only to help contribute with our national efforts but it was also an eye opener for many of us that a simple blood donation every few months and a few minutes of our time can actually affect another life drastically often saving them from life or death situations.

It inspires each and every one of us to see that there are people in our very own college society who care about the welfare of others. It was amazing to see students voluntarily come downstairs to the Blood and Bone Marrow Drive to donate or do the swab match. As Brothers of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc., we will continue to give back to our community and make our society a better place through service.

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Maunil Shah
Alpha Chapter