Sharks Foundation to Host Blood Drive March 3 to Benefit Stanford Blood Center

February 27, 2012
Attention News Desk: Press Release (for immediate release)
MEDIA CONTACT:
Dayna Kerecman Myers (202) 669-2921
daynam@stanford.edu

STANFORD, Calif. — The Sharks Foundation and Stanford Blood Center are teaming up once again to host a blood drive at HP Pavilion in San Jose. The drive will take place March 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donate Life California and Be The Match will also be on hand to register donors interested in joining organ or bone-marrow donation registries.

“San Jose Sharks fans’ tremendous generosity has helped us to beat all of our charity drive goals this season,” said Sharks Foundation coordinator Kelly Esrey. “I’m confident that the ‘Save a Life’ drive will be no exception.”

The Sharks drive is the largest mobile blood drive for the blood center each year. In 2011, Sharks supporters combined to donate 303 units of blood.

Any fan who attempts to donate blood or who enrolls in the bone marrow registry will be able to watch the morning skates for the San Jose Sharks (at 10:30 a.m.) and St. Louis Blues (at 11:30 a.m.), who will play that evening at 7:30. Fans who attempt to donate blood will also be entered into a drawing for the chance to win Sharks prizes.

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 call (888) 723-7831 or visit smstaging.stanford.edu/bloodcenter.

WHAT: Sharks Foundation hosts blood drive
WHO: Attendance limited to media and to blood donors over the age of 16
WHEN: March 3, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose

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Stanford Blood Center was created at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1978 to meet the complex transfusion needs of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, as well as provide tailored blood products and clinical trial services for school researchers. Today the center provides blood products to eight local hospitals and is a recognized leader in the field of transfusion medicine. More information is available at http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu.