10th Annual Blood Drive Honoring Late Hoops Star Mark Fizulich '97 Slated for Oct. 3

10th Annual Blood Drive Honoring Late Hoops Star Mark Fizulich '97 Slated for Oct. 3

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College is set to host the 10th annual Fiz's Drive, an American Red Cross-sponsored blood drive, next Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Dion Family Student Center's third-floor Roy Event Room, from 12 to 6 p.m. All donors will be eligible for prizes in conjunction with the event celebrating 10 years.

The annual blood drive honors the legacy of Mark Fizulich '97, a standout four-year member of the Saint Michael's men's basketball team and 2006 SMC Athletic Hall of Fame inductee who lost his battle with leukemia on March 9, 2008, at age 32. Upon graduation, Fizulich was sixth in program history in scoring (1,612).

Last year, the American Red Cross collected 103 units of blood from donors, which included students and employees. Over the nine years of the event, 1,095 units of blood have been donated in Fizulich's honor, with each unit having the potential to save three lives, according to the American Red Cross. That means the annual drive has contributed to an effort to save more than 3,000 lives in the past nine years.

Thanks to the support of local vendors, participants in Fiz's Drive will be eligible for gift certificates from such businesses as Ben & Jerry's, Dunkin' Donuts and Einstein Bros. Bagels. The Department of Athletics will also raffle off jerseys, T-shirts and basketballs during the event.

For donor eligibility requirements, or to make an appointment, which is strongly encouraged, head to RedCrossBlood.org and enter "SMC1", or sign up with the Saint Michael's Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) as the group tables in Alliot Student Center throughout the week. Walk-in spots are also available at Tuesday's event. To save as many as 15 minutes before the blood drive on Tuesday, find RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete a pre-donation reading and health history questions that day.

For additional information about Fiz's Drive and how you can help, contact MOVE Director Lara Scott at (802) 654-2209 or lscott@smcvt.edu, or Kim Bleakley at American Red Cross of Vermont at kimberley.bleakley@redcross.org. Visit here to learn about Fizulich and the event's history.