Men, Women Will Square Off in Weeklong Stanford Blood Center Challenge

February, 2010
Attention News Desk: Press Release (for immediate release)
MEDIA CONTACT:
Michele Hyndman (650) 723-8237
mhyndman@stanford.edu

STANFORD, Calif. — Does competition get your blood flowing? The Stanford Blood Center is hoping that a friendly “battle of the sexes” will spur area men and women to donate blood between Feb. 8 and 13 at its three sites in Palo Alto and Mountain View.

The center will track which donors, male or female, donate the most blood during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Results will be posted daily on the blood center’s Web site.

“The competition may be friendly but the results couldn’t be more serious. The lives of local patients rely on an adequate blood supply,” said Michele Hyndman, center spokesperson.

The center is partnering with the HERS Breast Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation to raise awareness about the leading incidences of cancer in each gender. During the competition, each female blood donor will receive a specially designed T-shirt representing the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, and male donors will receive a special T-shirt representing the Prostate Cancer Foundation. All donors will be able to enter a prize drawing for an airship flight for two aboard one of only three Zeppelins in the world.

“HERS Breast Cancer Foundation is honored to be part of the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ blood drive,” said HERS spokesperson Karen Jackson. “What a great event to raise awareness for two special causes, breast cancer and prostate cancer, that affect so many women and men in this day in age.”

Dan Zenka, spokesperson for the prostate cancer foundation, said he was glad the blood center was helping to raise awareness of the disease, which affects one out of six American men. “Early detection and awareness of treatment options is crucial to improving outcomes for prostate cancer patients,” he said.

Foundation representatives will be at the blood center’s Hillview location in Palo Alto on Feb. 12 to answer questions.

Stanford Blood Center has three locations in Palo Alto and Mountain View, and holds blood drives throughout the Bay Area daily. The blood center serves patients at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Clinic, El Camino Hospital, El Camino Los Gatos Hospital, the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, the Livermore Veterans Affairs Hospital, O'Connor Hospital and three freestanding local surgery centers.

Donors can call (650) 723-7831 or toll-free (888) 723-7831 to make an appointment and get directions. Donors should be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They must eat well prior to donation, drink fluids and present photo identification at the time of donation. The process takes about an hour. For more information or to schedule an appointment online, please visit http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu.

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