UTRGV interns make a difference

February 10, 2020

Five interns from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley made a difference in South Texas.

During their time at BioBridge Global, they helped organize paperwork for Center for Apheresis and Therapeutic Services (CATS), assembled birth tissue kits for the Cord Blood and Birth Tissue team, and gave feedback on using social media to encourage the younger generation to donate blood or stem cells.

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They even donated blood during the critical shortage of blood in January.

They also were given a tour and met staff across all subsidiaries such as CATS, STBTC, Tissue, Cord Blood and Birth Tissue, and Corporate Communications.

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Last fall semester, they had organized classroom presentations and recruitment drives at UTRGV, offering classmates the opportunity to join the Be the Match registry. They also helped CATS with confirmation calls, helping increase the number of confirmed students added to the Be the Match registry.

They will continue hosting the marrow drive next semester.

Alyssa Cerroni, Collection Program Coordinator at GenCure, coordinated the internships with CATS. Cerroni is also a communications professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

“This was a rewarding experience and I know it has motivated each of them to work hard this semester during their internship,” said Cerroni.

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