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Red Cross platelet donor wins Fiesta Bowl trip

Lewis and Clark Blood Services Region

January 7, 2010

 A dedicated platelet donor was rewarded for his devotion to the Red Cross this month when Joe McFarland of Boise (ID) won a Fiesta Bowl travel package courtesy of the American Red Cross and Harmon Travel. The prize enabled Joe and his wife, Kristian, to witness the Boise State Broncos upset of the TCU Horned Frogs 17-10 in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. The game was played in the University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday, January 4, 2010.

“The highlight of the trip was the win!” Joe said in a telephone interview the morning after the game. “We really appreciate the Red Cross for sending us to the game.” 

Joe and Kristian spent the day before game time walking around Scottsdale’s Old Town enjoying the 70 degree temperatures. “We were looking for shade,” he said. The couple then boarded a bus for a tailgate party which was absolutely packed. “We were among the first to get there and stayed for a couple of hours.” 

“Our seats were awesome,” Joe said, “We were in the first section in the corner, just above the tunnel where the players came out and about 30 yards from the field.” 

Joe works full time but is also a full-time student at Boise State where he is the vice president of the construction management honor society. He has been going to Broncos’ games for many years.

Joe has donated platelets twice a month for four years for the American Red Cross. He won the Fiesta Bowl travel package in a drawing offered to all presenting Red Cross blood donors in Idaho between Dec. 14 and 29, 2009. The package for two included transportation on a charter flight from Boise to Phoenix, two nights hotel accommodation, all airport/hotel transfers, transportation to and from the game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, two tickets to the world’s largest tailgate party and two tickets to the football game.