CVCCA - Parker's Team Annual "Fireworks" Blood Drive
June 30 - July 1
Jun 21, 2012
Contact: Blood Drive Chairperson Parker Fritsch at 559-908-3330, or Laura Geuvjehizian with the Central California Blood Center at 559-259-3852
CENTRAL VALLEY CYCLING CHARITABLE ASSOCIATION/PARKER’S TEAM ANNUAL “FIREWORKS” BLOOD DRIVE
All donors will receive a Commemorative Fourth of July T-shirt AND a “Buy One, Get One FREE” voucher for admission to the 2012 Big Fresno Fair!
Saturday, June 30 & July 1, 2012, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fireworks Stand for CVCCA/Parker’s Team located at Sierra Vista Mall, on Shaw Avenue next to SmileCare
CLOVIS, CA – Members of the Central Valley Cycling Charitable Association/Parker’s Team invite the community to help save lives by participating in their annual blood drive on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. A Bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot BOTH DAYS at the CVCCA/Parker’s Team Fireworks Stand at Sierra Vista Mall between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to take your blood donation. Donors will receive a Commemorative Fourth of July T-shirt AND a “Buy One, Get One Free” voucher for admission to the 2012 Big Fresno Fair, plus a variety of discounts from Valley businesses for dining, recreation, entertainment, and services.
Chairperson for this year’s blood drive is twelve-year-old Parker Fritsch himself, name-sake of the team. In July 2002, doctors diagnosed Parker, the son of Richard and Melissa Fritsch, with Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Parker needed many blood transfusions, during his treatments. Then, over seven years ago, he underwent a life-saving marrow transplant.
“As we settle into summer, regular donors, understandably, relax their donation schedules as they enjoy outdoor activities, area attractions and extended travel,” says Chris Sorensen, Director of Community Relations and Development for the Central California Blood Center. “However, this is when the demand for blood is often at its highest. With this in mind, we are so grateful to Parker and the CVCC/Parker’s Team for their help in encouraging donors to please give – especially before this very busy holiday weekend.”
Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent). Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to their donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration.
The Central California Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 31 hospitals in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties and must collect between 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood a month to meet the needs of our Valley community.