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Atlanta Braves, Red Cross team up to fight blood shortage

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ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves look to help strike out summer blood shortages by partnering with the American Red Cross to host the second annual Atlanta Braves All-American Blood Drive at the 755 Club at Turner Field on Monday, July 26, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The blood drive is sponsored by WSB-TV, 680 the Fan and ROCK 100.5.

All presenting donors on this day will receive a FREE commemorative T-shirt, a FREE pair of tickets to watch the Braves take on the Florida Marlins on Aug. 29, a buy one get one FREE ticket offer for select Braves games and a chance to win the grand prize – a Braves Family Four Pack, which includes four game tickets and a batting practice field visit.

*Free parking is available in the green lot at Turner Field on the day of this blood drive only.

The Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides life-saving blood to more than 120 hospitals and must have 1,200 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 life-saving 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 given safely 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. 

To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, log on to www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code braves or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767).  For more information about the Atlanta Braves, you may also visit www.atlantabraves.com.  

 
Source: American Red Cross

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