ATLANTA (May 29, 2018) — The community is invited to team up with the American Red Cross and Atlanta Braves at their 10th annual All-American Blood Drive June 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at SunTrust Park. Donors can help the event surpass 4,000 pints given to patients like McClain Reed.
The Braves drive started in 2009 and has held the title of largest single day Red Cross blood drive in Georgia since its inception. To date, the team has helped the Red Cross collect a total of 3,985 pints of blood.
In May 2014, then 12-year-old Braves fan, McClain Reed, was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoid. During his fight, he received chemotherapy treatments that required numerous blood transfusions that McClain would say helped him to feel much better physically and emotionally. Now 16 and cancer free, McClain enjoys playing lacrosse, spending time with his friends, driving his truck and going to the movies; however, he and his family also continue to educate the public about the need for blood donations. “If it was not for people taking the time out of their day, Mac would not be alive,” said McClain’s father Mark Reed, who is now a regular blood donor. “Saying thank you is not enough for the people who donate their blood and time to save lives.”
“Survivors like Mac remind us why the Braves All-American Blood Drive is so important,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment, Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. “We appreciate the Braves, 680 The Fan, WSB-TV, News Radio 106.7 and Rock 105 for supporting our lifesaving mission and helping thousands of patients in need.”
Participants will receive a pair of tickets to the Braves vs. Dodgers game July 28, a commemorative T-shirt, a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich and a chance to win a family four pack of tickets and Braves memorabilia.
The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients in need. Blood is needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.