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ATLANTA (Sept. 22, 2009) -- Tuesday's Georgia State Athletics Blood Drive will go down as the most memorable in school history, regardless of the number of units of blood donated.

In the midst of the "100 year flood" of record proportions, the athletics department and the loyal donors came out strong for the school's 5th CAA Blood Drive Challenge and will probably reach the 300-plus total for a fifth consecutive year. With more than 430 pre-drive appointments scheduled, the hopes for a new record were imagined before the historic weather story unfolded. The Red Cross will not be able to verify the final blood donation total for several more days.

While all major schools in metro Atlanta, as well as some colleges, were closed on Tuesday, Georgia State overcame the facts that some Interstate highway portions were closed, dozens of bridges were washed out, and hundreds of thousands of homes were flooded. Even Georgia State had canceled classes Monday night and left in doubt whether school would even be able to open on Tuesday. Sadly, eight people had lost their lives as a result of the historic and deadly flooding as a result of the multiple feet of rain that fell Sunday and Monday.

And, not only did Georgia State collect blood, they collected donations and supplies to aid the Red Cross in assisting the flood victims.

"We can't thank everyone who participated in this Blood Drive enough for what they accomplished in making this happen and to be the wonderful success that it was," said Georgia State's Joanna Harris, the athletics coordinator of this event.

"The Red Cross was here with us at 6 a.m. and the first donors were here when the doors opened at 8 a.m. to get us started. Today's effort was simply remarkable and we are grateful for each and everyone able to participate," Harris added.

All 12 CAA schools participate in this annual Blood Drive and Georgia State has never finished lower than fourth (with 304 units in 2007). Combined, the CAA schools have collected 17,728 units of blood to save an estimated 53,184 lives as the student-athletes learn the value of giving back to their respective communities.