Sharks Foundation to host March 2 blood drive at HP Pavilion

February 28, 2013
Attention News Desk: Press Release (for immediate release)
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dayna Kerecman Myers (202) 669-2921
daynam@stanford.edu,
Deanna Bolio (650) 725-3804
dbolio@stanford.edu

STANFORD, Calif. — The Sharks Foundation and Stanford Blood Center are teaming for their annual blood drive at HP Pavilion in San Jose on March 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from Donate Life California and Be The Match will also be on hand to register donors interested in joining organ or bone-marrow donation registries.

“This is a great opportunity for San Jose Sharks fans to unite over a love for our team and for our local community,” said Sharks Foundation coordinator Kelly Esrey. “The ‘Save a Life’ blood drive is a simple, yet effective way to extend a helping hand to those in need.”

The Sharks drive is one of the largest mobile drives for the blood center each year. In 2012, Sharks supporters combined to donate 295 units of blood.

“Stanford Blood Center has had tremendous success in partnering with the Sharks Foundation over the last six years,” said center spokesperson Deanna Bolio. “As we’ve seen from the outstanding turnout at these blood drives, San Jose Sharks fans are very generous.”

All fans who attempt to donate blood or who sign up for the bone marrow registry will be able to watch the morning skates for the San Jose Sharks (at 10:30 a.m.) and Nashville Predators (at 11:30 a.m.), who will play that evening at 7:30 p.m. Fans who attempt to donate blood will also be entered into a drawing for the chance to win Sharks prizes. Appointments for the drive are limited.

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 with appointments
WHEN: March 2, 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 seven local hospitals and is a recognized leader in the field of transfusion medicine. More information is available at http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu.