For Immediate Release
April 24, 2014
Mather, CA – BloodSource is celebrating the many homeruns made by Ten+ Gallon Donors, Chairpersons and Volunteers on Saturday, April 26, at Raley Field. More than 5,200 members of the BloodSource Team will gather together to enjoy BBQ, River Cats baseball and fireworks as part of appreciation and recognition from BloodSource for their contributions.
The Ten-Gallon Club – representing 80 blood donations – is a cherished milestone for those who have made a safe and plentiful blood supply a cause of choice for many years, sometimes decades. Four blood donors are celebrating 1,000+ donations this year, bringing the total of “Millennial Donors” to 46 in the not-for-profit’s 65-year history.
Katherine Elorduy, BloodSource Communications Director, states, “We are thrilled to celebrate the generous BloodSource Team members who donate blood, organize blood drives and volunteer at our donor centers and mobile drives. Their contributions save lives of thousands of patients throughout Northern and Central California, and often, across the nation.”
Blood is needed every two seconds by patients involved in motor vehicle accidents, in cancer treatment, recovering from burn injuries; by moms with post-childbirth complications and premature babies, for heart surgeries, organ transplantation and more.
Seven-year-old Faith Schaad who has received blood in close to 20 cardiac surgeries since birth will be throwing out the first pitch. Faith’s mom, Rachel Schaad Prall, expresses her appreciation to blood donors. “I cannot give blood to my daughter because we are different blood types, so I depend on others to help her.”
BloodSource provides blood and medical expertise to over 40 hospitals in 30 counties with a population of over five million. With 18 BloodSource Donor Centers and over 2000 mobile drives annually, BloodSource, with 500 employees, works with hospital partners to ensure patients have the blood that is needed to get back to health…and life.
BloodSource donors, volunteers and chairpersons work together to make a tagline a reality. Together, we do save lives.
About Blood Donation
Donating blood is safe, easy and takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (16 with a signed BloodSource parent consent form) and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit for blood donations. Donors must bring a photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating. Find more information or schedule an appointment by calling 866.822.5663 or visiting www.bloodsource.org or MyBloodSource.