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Sixteen years later, aside from her antidepressant medication and monthly blood tests, the associate director of Institutional Research at St. John's University, said she is leading a normal productive life."Thanks to those, what I presume to be, 11 different donors, I'm here today," she said.Goodwin was only one of the countless number of patients in the New York area's 250 hospitals who need more than 2,200 pints of blood every day to survive a botched surgery, a gunshot wound or a car crash. It is why, as part of Donate Life Month, Queens has stepped up its blood collection efforts with three drives held last week, two on St. John's campus and one at Ladder 151 in Forest Hills.More than 80 St. John's students gave a pint of their blood at the April 13-14 drives, according to Jack Flynn, assistant director of Campus Activities. Many more, he said, showed up but were not eligible to donate because of a tattoo or piercing procedure performed in the last year or a trip they took overseas.Flynn said the turnout was slightly smaller than the some 120 pints they expected since it was approaching summer and students were not on campus as often."It's just a matter of getting the message out because it's not going to get done otherwise," he said.The drives were the most recent the school has hosted, with four to five more scheduled for the summer and fall, Flynn said.In 2003, the Long Island Blood Services gave St. John's the Gold Award for collecting 1,010 pints of blood that year, the third highest amount in Queens behind the police and fire departments.At the Forest Hills' Ladder 151, the Fire Department and the New York Blood Center spent 5 1/2 hours collecting 34 pints -- six short of their goal. Still, as center spokeswoman Julie Robinson-Tingue said, "it's a good outcome considering it's the first drive ever in a Queens firehouse." The event Saturday was a kickoff to "set the wheels in motion and expand," blood drives throughout the borough as part of a recent partnership between the Fire Department and the blood center, according to Robinson-Tingue."Getting the first one is the toughest, then others follow suit," she said. Reach reporter Zach Patberg by e-mail at news@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 155.

Posted 7:03 pm, October 10, 2011
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