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WHSN-FM 89.3 to Sponsor American Red Cross Blood Drive

Published on: October 13, 2021

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BANGOR, MAINE – Husson University’s Furman Student Center in Peabody Hall will be the site of an American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by WHSN 89.3, Husson University’s student radio station, on Wednesday, October 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Each donation can help save up to three lives,” said Mark Nason, MEd, WHSN-FM station manager and manager of communications at Husson University’s New England School of Communications. “The need for donors is greater than ever since the blood drives scheduled earlier this year had to be postponed due to the pandemic.  

Appointments to donate blood can be scheduled directly through the American Red Cross at bit.ly/WHSN893. Blood donors can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or download the free American Red Cross Blood Donor app.

According to the website of the American Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.[1] It’s essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries.[2]

The amount of blood needed every day is staggering. Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.[3]  In addition, patients need 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma[4] daily. Unfortunately, less than 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood or platelets.[5] This makes meeting the need for blood more challenging.

“Blood donations are saving the lives of trauma patients in emergency rooms every day,” continued Nason. “When you donate blood, you are literally helping to save someone’s life.”

Started in 1974, WHSN-FM 89.3 is licensed to Husson University and operated by the students of the New England School of Communications (NESCom). In its 30+ years on the air, countless radio professionals have begun their careers on WHSN. Student staff have gone on to work at radio stations all over Maine and throughout the world. From Portland, Maine to Reno, Nevada. For more information about the radio broadcasting certificate program at Husson University’s New England School of Communications, please visit https://www.husson.edu/nescom/certificates.

For more than 120 years, Husson University has shown its adaptability and strength in delivering educational programs that prepare future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent a superior value in higher education. The hallmarks of a Husson education include advanced knowledge delivered through quality educational programs in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. According to a recent analysis of tuition and fees by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is one of the most affordable private colleges in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

[1] American Red Cross, “U.S. Blood Supply Facts: Importance of the Blood Supply” https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/how-blood-donations-help/blood-needs-blood-supply.html, Accessed 10/12/2021

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

[4] Ibid

[5] Ibid

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