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      UAB launches fall blood drive

      The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the American Red Cross are holding a blood drive September 16-26, 2013.{} The drive runs at the UAB Hospital North Pavilion second-floor atrium, Sept. 16-21, and at UAB Highlands Hospital Sept. 24-26.{} All blood types are needed.{} Each donor will be entered for a chance to win a $500 Apple store gift card.{} There will be daily drawings for $25 iTunes gift cards, Alys Stephens performing Arts Center tickets and more.


      Donors should bring a photo ID.{} Free parking is available in the North Pavilion parking deck and the UAB Highlands parking lot.{} UAB is one of the larges users nationally of blood supplied by the Red Cross.{} Donors can blood up to six times a year, once every eight weeks.{} The process takes about 45 minutes; the actual blood collection usually takes less than 20 minutes.