The University of Michigan Athletic Department and the American Red Cross have teamed for a blood drive and bone marrow testing for former U-M quarterback Tom Slade. The drive will be held Sunday, Sept. 3, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Junge Family Champions Center between Michigan Stadium and Crisler Arena.
Slade, a former Wolverine quarterback, was diagnosed with leukemia in April 2005. He was a three-year letterman for Michigan from 1971-73 and was a member of three Big Ten championship teams and the 1972 Rose Bowl team. Slade practiced dentistry in Ypsilanti Township for 26 years after college. He is engaged to Pam St. John, who is Michigans head cheerleading coach.
In the three months since Slade learned he needed a transplant, there hasn't been a match in the national or international bone marrow registries.
To Join the Bone Marrow Registry
Willing participants can be tested at the Junge Family Champions Center between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EDT. The test is very quick using a cotton swab. No appointment is necessary.
To Make an Appointment to Donate Blood
To make an appointment to donate blood, donors should go to www.givelife.org, click donate blood now and fill in their email address, birth date where indicated, and the sponsor code, which is goblue. The donor will then have to fill out a registration page, click the bottom button and will then be directed to the U-M Blood Drives. Listed in the U-M Blood Drives will be the Junge Family Champions Center. Donors will click the radio button next to the blood drive where they would like to donate and then make their appointment on the page that will appear.
Media Contacts: Joseph McNevin, American Red Cross (734) 433-9538; David Ablauf, U-M (734) 763-4423