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The Dallas Stars & Blood Donors Score for Hospital Patients in Texas
Dallas, Texas, March 28, 2011 –
April 1, 2011
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
2601 Preston Road
Frisco, TX 75034
The Dallas Stars and the American Red Cross have teamed up again to collect life-saving blood for patients throughout Texas. The need for blood is constant. Every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Blood is perishable and has no substitute. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just 5 days – they must be replenished constantly. Please sign up to give by calling 800-RED-CROSS or online at redcrossblood.org. You can find the blood drive by the sponsor code: outforblood.
Blood and platelets can be used for trauma victims – those who suffered due to accidents and burns – heart surgery patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.
All blood types are needed, especially type O negative, to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.