Out for Blood

Emily Murphy is dedicated to the cause

Emily Murphy

Senior Emily Murphy is looking for 200 UWM students in good health, with good intentions. A blood donor, former intern and volunteer extraordinaire at BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Murphy takes the cause of donor recruitment personally and professionally.

She joins BloodCenter of Wisconsin 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, to take this cause to the UWM Union Ballroom for a campus-wide blood drive. (Register for the campus drive .)

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“This is the last all-campus drive before I graduate,” Murphy says. “I would love to see a big turnout – it would make me so proud.”

BloodCenter of Wisconsin needs to see 800 donors per day in order to meet the needs of the patients it serves – children and adults who are seriously injured, facing surgery or being treated for cancer. Donations of all blood types are needed, but there is an especially great need for O negative and platelet donors.

What’s Murphy’s motivation for donating blood herself? “I first signed up to donate in high school, to get out of class and have free snacks! But with my role at BloodCenter I have seen firsthand the adults and children helped by blood donation, and it makes me feel good to know that I am helping too.”

Her dream job is to run a non-profit, like Healthcare for the Homeless. If you ask her colleagues at her current non-profit position, she’s got what it takes.

Emily interned for credit at BloodCenter of Wisconsin during the second semester of her junior year. Three semesters later, she’s still with BloodCenter on a strictly volunteer basis, serving as a mentor to new interns and doing her part to raise awareness of the great need for blood donation at UWM.

“I love my job at BloodCenter,” says Emily, who is majoring in health care administration with a minor in business. “I have learned so much, and my role has forced me to step outside of my comfort zone, which is good practice for my future career.”

An important part of Emily’s role is recruiting students for the April 23 campus-wide blood drive and other UWM blood drives. If you’re at the union or a residence hall cafeteria before a big drive, you might see Emily – and she just might ask you to consider signing up to be a blood donor.

“Emily is very enthusiastic and dedicated to helping others,” says her supervisor, Community Relations Representative Andrea Siverling.  “It is these attributes that I have appreciated so much in her and the work she does representing BloodCenter of Wisconsin and UWM. Emily has great integrity and we are fortunate to have her as part of our team.”

To anyone who feels hesitant about donating blood, Emily’s advice is this: “if you’re scared, bring a friend. It’s just a quick pinch and an hour of your day, and by donating you really are saving lives. You or a member of your family could be in need one day, and right now you are saving the lives of someone’s grandpa, mom or child.”

Before you donate

Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call BloodCenter of Wisconsin at 1-877-BE-A-HERO or visit www.bcw.edu. And be sure to stop and say “hi” to Emily.