Blood Drive To Benefit Aimee Copeland, June 6

June 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, June 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to benefit Aimee Copeland, a Georgia graduate student fighting a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection. Andy Copeland, Aimee’s father, graduated from USC Upstate in 1983.

“Aimee’s family is hopeful that the Spartanburg and the USC Upstate communities will respond to the need for blood donations on her behalf,” said Louanne Weber, director of Health Services at USC Upstate and organizer of the blood drive.

Aimee Copeland has undergone multiple surgeries as a result of the potentially life-threatening infection known as necrotizing fasciitis, a bacterial infection that can destroy muscles, skin and tissue.  In recent weeks, surgeons have amputated Aimee Copeland’s hands, part of her abdomen, her left leg, and her right foot in their effort to stay ahead of the disease.

The Blood Connection will be at the Main Entrance to the Health Education Complex (HEC) on North Campus Blvd. For more information, contact Louanne Weber, director of Health Services at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5197 or