UCF to Host Blood Drive Thursday in Remembrance of Pulse

Ten OneBlood buses for blood donations will be near Memory Mall from 2-8 p.m. Thursday to commemorate nearly a year since the Pulse shooting tragedy struck Orlando.

On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed when a shooter opened fire in the nightclub in downtown Orlando. Among those killed were Juan Ramon Guerrero, a University of Central Florida student, and Christopher Andrew Leinonen, a UCF alumnus.

In the days and weeks following, the UCF and Orlando community showed an outpouring of kindness to support the victims, their families and friends. At UCF alone, 10 blood drives June 13-27 resulted in 424 donated units of blood and 74 new bone-marrow donor registrations.

UCF’s June 8 blood drive, in partnership with OneBlood, will be the largest blood-donation site in east Orlando in remembrance of Pulse.

Walk-ins are welcome, but to make a reservation for a certain time, visit www.oneblood.org.