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Rutgers Wrestling Partners with Embrace Kids Foundation to Host Blood Drive at RWJUH on April 25

Blood Drive Supports Children with Cancer, Sickle Cell and other Blood Disorders

April 12, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Rutgers Wrestling and the Embrace Kids Foundation are teaming up to host a blood drive at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) New Brunswick from 3-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

The Blood Drive, which supports children diagnosed with cancer, sickle cell disease and other blood disorders at RWJUH, will take place in the hospital’s Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. That means more than 40,000 blood donations are needed every day. That’s why Rutgers Wrestling is working with Embrace Kids Foundation to ensure that local children with cancer, sickle cell and other blood disorders have access to life-saving blood transfusions.

“It's always a pleasure any time we're able to work with Embrace Kids," said Rutgers wrestling head coach Scott Goodale. "Last year's blood drive was a huge success and we're looking forward to matching and surpassing last year's participation numbers this time around. Our program is excited to raise awareness and to get as many people as possible to come out to support this great cause."

Last year’s drive saw 200 donors participate, challenging previous records set at other major blood drives, such as the annual Tackle Sickle Cell drive hosted by current NFL and former Rutgers football stars Devin and Jason McCourty.

To register for the blood drive, please visit For information, please e-mail:

All donors must be at least 17-years-old (16-year-old donors must have written parental consent), weigh at least 110 lbs. (16-year-old donors must weigh 120 lbs.), be in good health and bring photo or signature ID. All donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before donation. Everyone who registers online and then presents to donate will receive a Rutgers Wrestling t-shirt and a $10 gift card to Hansel ‘n Griddle (this gift card is not transferable to cash).

“We’re thankful for Rutgers Wrestling and the Embrace Kids Foundation’s support,” says Sally Wells, Business Development Liaison for RWJUH Blood Services. “Because we are an academic medical center, the Flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and a Level I Trauma Center, our clinicians address some of the most serious illnesses in the state. Blood and blood products serve as a crucial lifeline for our patients. We depend heavily on generous blood donors like Rutgers Wrestling.”

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, treating over 3 million patients a year. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations.

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding quality and safety.

About the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) remains as the focal point of New Brunswick’s growing children’s health campus. As New Jersey’s largest free-standing, state-designated acute care children’s hospital, the state-of-the-art facility is specially designed to care for children. BMSCH has nearly 10,000 inpatient admissions and 22,000 pediatric emergency room visits annually.

From pediatric surgery, urology and cardiology to oncology, hematology and pulmonology, BMSCH’s specialists and intensivists provide advanced care for children of all ages—from fragile newborns to adolescents.

BMSCH consistently ranks among the top-rated children’s hospitals in America for patient satisfaction. In fact, BMSCH’s patient satisfaction scores are in the top 1 percent of all children’s hospitals nationwide.

As an academic hospital, BMSCH is able to draw upon the resources of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, one of the nation’s leading comprehensive medical schools. To learn more about BMSCH, please visit