Herky_Bleed_Black&Gold copyWhile you might be dreaming about Hawkeye victories, tailgating, rivalries, trophies and all things Hawkeye, DeGowin is busy making sure it has enough whole blood donors to meet the blood needs of our community. All products collected are used locally to help patients at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and at UI Children’s Hospital, who have been diagnosed with cancer or sickle cell disease, have had a trauma or major surgery such as a transplant. They are also used to help our littlest patients, premature infants. Approximately 24,000 blood products are transfused each year.

This is where we need you! Successful donors at FRYfest will receive an “I Bleed Black & Gold” t-shirt! Walk-ins are welcome. You can also schedule a donation online, plus see the full list of donation dates and locations.

A few things to remember when donating:

  • Bring a photo ID
  • Drink plenty of fluids and have a good meal before you donate
  • Be cold or flu symptom free for 5 days
  • Bring a list of the medications you are taking
  • Bring a list of the places you have visited outside the U.S. within the last 3 years

The FRYfest Blood Drive will run 9am – 2pm. Please contact the UI DeGowin Blood Center at (319) 356-2058 with any questions.