Ga., SC alumni groups to collect blood for woman battling flesh-eating bacteria

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Aimee Copeland

Aimee Copeland is battling a flesh-eating disease in a local hospital. (WRDW-TV / May 9, 2012)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) -- The alumni groups of two major universities are teaming up in an effort to challenge graduates and fans of the schools to give blood for a Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating disease.

The University of South Carolina's My Carolina Alumni Association says it's partnering with the University of Georgia Alumni Association to host a "border bash" blood drive for Aimee Copeland.

The 24-year-old developed necrotizing fasciitis after cutting her leg in a May 1 fall from a homemade zip line over a west Georgia river. Her left leg, other foot and both hands have been amputated.

Organizers say blood drives will be held June 11 in Columbia, S.C.; and June 13 in Athens, Ga. They say the blood drive will be nationwide and encourage alumni to donate at any blood donation center.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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