ROn Brooks

LSU is one of the best college football teams in the country.

But local Tiger fans ought to look out, because an Ole Miss fan is coming for blood!

But in a good way.

Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) Blood Donor Center announced this week that it's kicking off its 13th Annual Ron Brooks Blood Drive Challenge.

The blood drive is currently under way and will run through Nov. 15.

This yearly blood drive challenged LSU fans to give the gift of life by donating blood to the TGMC Blood Donor Center.

Brooks. an avid Ole Miss fan, founded the drive that started now 13 years ago as a way to bring awareness to the importance of blood donation and to increase the number of blood donors locally.

Over the past 13 years, the Ron Brooks Blood Drive Challenge has brought in over 8,500 pints of blood to TGMC's Blood Donor Center.

Each year, Brooks also donates $1 to The Foundation for TGMC for each pint of blood donated.

This year's overall goal is 1,000 pints.

TGMC said blood donations are a crucial part of saving lives in the community.

Someone needs blood every 2 seconds and it takes just 40 minutes to donate one pint of blood that can be used to save three lives.

In addition to the blood donated, the funds that Brooks donates to The Foundation for TGMC in the drive will be given back to residents in our community through healthy lifestyle-centered programs offered by TGMC.

The mission of The Foundation for TGMC is to develop and maintain a comprehensive program of financial giving in the community for the sole purpose of promoting, developing, and expanding the services, functions, purpose, and mission of TGMC in providing exceptional healthcare with compassion. 

“We are excited to enter into our 13th year of this challenge,” said Ron Brooks. “Through this annual blood drive, we are able to receive blood donations that save the lives of people in our community. We really want to encourage LSU fans to come out and show your support not only for the Tigers but for members of our community that rely on these blood donations.”

Each donor will receive a commemorative dri-fit shirt and be entered in a drawing to win a football signed by the Manning family and LSU Coach Ed Orgeron, a $1000 voucher for a trip of their choice, and $1 per pint donated for the foundation. All first-time donors will be entered to win a $100 VISA gift card. All winners will be announced on the last day of the drive, November 15, 2019.

For more information, please call (985) 873-4025 or stop by the Blood Donor Center located in TGMC’s Medical Annex Building behind the hospital on Belanger Street (across from the parking garage).

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EDITOR's NOTE: As-always, thanks Mr. Brooks for the effort. What you're doing is an amazing thing. But LSU by 20+ over Ole Miss this fall. :) 

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