USC vs. UGA blood drive to honor flesh-eating illness victim | Community Spirit
USC and the University of Georgia are collaborating to promote the "Border Bash" Blood Drive in honor of Aimee Copeland, the UGA graduate who has contracted a rare flesh-decaying infection following a recent fall.
Copeland has lost a leg, foot, both hands and remains in critical condition in an Augusta hospital.
Because of Aimee's amputations, she's received over 300 units of blood. That means it's taken 300 people just to help one person.
Aimee's father, Andy Copeland, is a USC alumnus.
"I'm really encouraged to see people out here giving blood," Andy said. "I'm really encouraged to see my fellow Gamecock family."
Blood drives are being held throughout Georgia and South Carolina in honor of Aimee and others who so desperately need blood.
Many USC students came out Monday at the Greek Village to give blood. Richland County deputy Howard Hughes even came and gave blood for the 71st time.
"I have two daughters that are similar to Aimee as far as age and activity level. What occurred to her could just as easily of happened to any of my girls," Hughes said.
If you'd like to donate blood in honor of Aimee, you can go to any Red Cross location between June 8-15 and give them Aimee Copeland's name and the school you're representing.
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