May 8 is national Blood Donor Day

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BRATTLEBORO >> The American Red Cross will join the Boston Red Sox and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in honoring lucky presenting donors with an incredible experience this baseball season-the chance to become the Blood Donor of the Game. Fans are invited to enter to win simply by stepping up to the plate and donating blood to help patients in need.

All presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives or donation centers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont will have the opportunity to win two tickets to a game at Fenway Park and see their name put up in lights during an on-field ceremony.

The Blood Donor of the Game program is a unique way for the Red Cross to thank volunteer blood donors during the spring and the upcoming summer months when there is an especially critical need for blood donations.

"Our patients and our clinicians caring for our patients thank the blood donors for their commitment to improving the quality of care and life of many," said Lynne Uhl, M.D., Chief of the Division of Laboratory and Transfusion Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "Blood donation does save lives."

In addition to game tickets and the chance for a special on-field honor, winners will also be presented with a commemorative souvenir.

May 8 is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Currently, donors of all blood types are needed to give and help save hospital patients' lives. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the country.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Local blood donations can be made in Brattleboro on May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carl M Dessaint VFW Post 1034, 40 Black Mountain Rd., and in Whitingham on May 5 from noon to 5 p.m. at Twin Valley High School.

The Brattleboro April Blood Donor Day was held on April 5. A total of 64 pints were donated with seven deferrals.

Multiple and one-gallon donors included Meredith MacDonald, 17 gallons; Jonathan Morse, 13 gallons; Kenneth Chamberlin, 11 gallons; David H. Spanierman, six gallons; Marianne Rigatti, five gallons; Angus Reid, one gallon. First time blood donors included Melanie Hudson and Ciara LaClair.


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