By Deanna Bolio, Public Relations Associate, Stanford Blood Center
If there’s one thing we know about hockey fans, it’s that they aren’t generally squeamish about blood. That’s a great thing for Stanford Blood Center (SBC), who hosted its seventh annual “Save a Life” blood drive with the Sharks Foundation on Saturday, March 2. One of the most well-attended drives each year, dedicated Sharks fans combined to donate 261 units of blood. Some donors were lucky enough to be thanked personally for their donations by Sharks players Tommy Wingels, Matt Irwin, and Jason Demers.
The Sharks drive always brings out a combination of repeat donors and first-timers. This year, 74 donors registered with Stanford Blood Center for the first time! One hardcore fan at this drive is a regular SBC platelet donor at our center locations, but donated at the drive for the opportunity to watch the team’s morning skate.
Thank you to our staff members who helped make sure that this bustling drive ran smoothly, and of course to the 261 blood donors who turned out to save a life.