UPDATE: Fifth Annual Fiz's Drive slated for October 4 in honor of late basketball legend

(UPDATED OCT. 8:) Thanks to those who participated! Fiz's Drive raised 123 units of blood, each of which has the potential to save three lives. On campus, 114 units were donated from 143 attempted donors, while nine more participated virtually.

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College is set to host the Fifth Annual Fiz's Drive, an American Cancer Society-sponsored blood drive, on Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Tarrant Recreation Center, from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All on-campus donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt for participating in the event.

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.

Last year, the American Red Cross collected 127 pints of blood from 136 prospective donors. Of the 136, 44 were first-time donors. On top of that, 19 alumni participated virtually by making a donation in their part of the world. The 127 on campus and 146 overall mark the second-highest totals in the year history of Fiz's Drive, trailing only the inaugural year, when 137 were collected on campus and another 15 virtually for 152 total. Over the four years of the event, 549 pints of blood have been donated in Fizulich's honor.

For more information about Fiz's Drive and how you can help, contact Heidi St. Peter '96 in the Saint Michael's Mobilization Of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) office at (802) 654-2674 or hstpeter2@smcvt.edu, or Dave Carmichael at the Northern Vermont chapter of the American Red Cross at (802) 658-6400. For more information about the history of the event and to learn about Fizulich, visit here.