Blood & Bone Marrow Drives

Why should you consider donating blood?  It helps save lives.

“Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.  Blood is essential to help patients survive surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries.  This lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation.  The need for blood is constant.  But only 3% of age-eligible people donate blood yearly.” American Red Cross

CU Denver sponsors the Vitalant Blood Donation organization to sponsor campus blood drives and bone marrow donation screening events 5-6 times each semester.  Vitalant is the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit organization focused exclusively on providing lifesaving blood services.  Below are the Spring Semester 2023 drives to be held at St. Cajetan's on the Auraria Campus.

Sign up for a donor appointment at one of our events HERE.  Under zip code select "blood drive code" and enter 0529 to schedule an available appointment.

Bone Marrow Donations

Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia.  For patients with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases, a cure exists.  Be The Match is a community of donors, volunteers, health care professionals and researchers who deliver cures by helping patients get the life-saving marrow transplant they need.  Learn More

What it takes to save a life: You probably have a few questions about how donation affects your daily life:

  • 85% of donations involve no surgery at all—it's like donating plasma
  • Discomfort and side affects vary from person to person
  • It takes a few hours a week for a few weeks
  • It costs you nothing to donate
  • Donating doesn’t impact your ability to have kids
  • There are very few risks in our donation process. Every precaution is taken to ensure the safety and well-being of every donor.

Spring 2024 Drives

Walk in or Appointments Available!

Location: St. Cajetan's 



Student Life & Campus Community

CU Denver

Tivoli Student Union

900 Auraria Parkway


Denver, CO 80204


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