SUSLA to hold blood drive to benefit Wytanna Welch

SUSLA to hold blood drive to benefit Wytanna Welch



Office of University RELATIONS



September 16, 2015






The Department of Student Activities, Student Government Association and Student Center Board at Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA) will hold a blood drive Monday, September 21 at the school’s main campus located at 3050 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive from 10:00am – 12:00pm to benefit Wtyanna Welch, daughter of SUSLA sophomore, Nhyesha Shaw.


Welch, who is now sixteen, was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia, an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells, at the age of four months.  She began having her first blood transfusions at the age of three, receives a transfusion once a month and will continue to do so for the rest of her life.


SUSLA is partnering with LifeShare Blood Centers to host the donor event. Blood collection specialists will be on hand to conduct the donation process and the first 35 donors to sign up prior to the event receive a special gift. All donors receive a free t-shirt. “At SUSLA, everyone is family, and we are proud to be able to support a member of our community and raise awareness about the prevalence of sickle cell anemia,” said Rebecca Gilliam, Director of Student Activities.


In order to participate, donors must be at least sixteen (16) years of age, present a photo ID, be in good health and meet height, weight and donation requirements.  If donors are 16 years of age, they must present signed permission from a parent or guardian at the time of donation.

For more information or to pre-sign up, contact the SUSLA Department of Student Activities at 318-670-9433 or




Southern University at Shreveport, an institution within the Southern University System, seeks to provide a quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates and associate degrees as well as offerings and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities. Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.



Krystle Beauchamp Grindley

Director of University Relations

318.670.9472 office


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