11th Annual Blood Drive Honoring Late Hoops Star Mark Fizulich '97 Slated for Oct. 2

11th Annual Blood Drive Honoring Late Hoops Star Mark Fizulich '97 Slated for Oct. 2

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College is set to host the 11th annual Fiz's Drive, an American Red Cross-sponsored blood drive, next Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Dion Family Student Center's third-floor Roy Event Room, from 12 to 6 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a raffle ticket for fun prizes.

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 85 units of blood from donors, which included students and employees. Over the 10 years of the event, 1,180 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 3,500 lives in the past 10 years.

Please visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter "SMC" to schedule an appointment. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. Donors can also sign up with the Saint Michael's Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) as the group tables in Alliot Student Center throughout the week from 12 to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.

For additional information about Fiz's Drive and how you can help, contact MOVE at (802) 654-2674 or move@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.