Statement issued Thursday:
The stakes are high for the 17th annual Battle for Blood. The Fire Departments and EMS team came out on top last year against the Police and Sheriff’s Departments. Time will tell if the Police and Sheriff team can secure a win this year for the first time since 2005. Our goal is to collect at least 1,100 pints of blood and 500 platelet products to help patients in need.
This annual, good-natured rivalry among first responders helps ensure the blood supply keeps pace with demand during the holidays. If just 10 percent of Americans give blood this holiday season, more than 34 million lives might be saved. By donating blood through the American Red Cross, you may give a hospital patient in need the most precious gift of all: life.
The 2011 Battle for Blood will take place at two Fort Wayne locations Dec. 12 to 24:
- Fort Wayne Donor Center located at 1212 E. California Rd. (across from the Memorial Coliseum)
- Lutheran Hospital Donor Center located at 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107 (in the South Lobby of Lutheran Hospital near the gift shop)
The Battle for Blood is sponsored by WBCL, Indiana’s NewsCenter and Pizza Hut.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule your blood donation appointment.