Baseball Blood Battle: The Challenge Off the Diamond

Durham Bulls logoAmerican Tobacco Baseball Blood Battle: The Challenge Off the Diamond

Durham Bulls & Charlotte Knights Compete to Collect the Most Units of Blood
For The American Red Cross

Blood ChallengeThe American Red Cross invites Triangle-area baseball fans to join the Durham Bulls and roll up their sleeves and in their first-ever blood battle with the Charlotte Knights!  

The Bulls are competing with the Knights to collect the most units of lifesaving blood.  The challenge off the diamond takes place:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Bay 7 at American Tobacco (Near the Durham Bulls Athletic Park-DBAP)
324 Blackwell Street, Durham
*FREE parking available at American Tobacco’s north parking deck 

Those who come out to donate blood will receive:  

  • A buy-one, get-one FREE coupon (Terrace Reserved ticket) for the Durham Bulls vs. Charlotte Knights game at the DBAP August 21, 2012
  • A SportClips coupon for a FREE haircut
  • A chance to win a $3,000 gift card

Blood donations through the American Red Cross are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. There is an emergency need for donors this summer.

“The Durham Bulls are proud to partner with the American Red Cross, and this is a great way to give back to our community, especially at a time when blood is so desperately needed,” said Scott Carter, Director of Marketing with the Durham Bulls Baseball Club.  “The Red Cross has a tremendous history of helping people locally and all over the world.  What better way to work together than by hosting this special blood drive and have a little friendly competition at the same time.” 

“There continues to be a nationwide blood shortage, so donations are critically needed right now—whether you’re donating on behalf of the Durham Bulls or the Charlotte Knights,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region.  “The Red Cross couldn’t be more grateful to partner with both baseball teams and their fans to provide lifesaving blood to patients in these local communities.”

For more information or to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “Blood Challenge.”  You can also contact Renita Hayes-Carter at Renita.Hayes-Carter@redcross.org, 919-493-3551, ext. 383.

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides blood to 103 hospitals and needs to have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand.  Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day.  There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days.  Platelets can be safely given every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets.  Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

Bulls Blood Challenge

Thanks to the Durham Bulls for this capcom story & graphic.

 

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