Monday, September 27, 2010

Announcing the 2nd Annual Ryan Salmons Blood Drive

On Saturday, December 4th, from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, the # 3 “Refuse To Lose” blood drive in memory of Ryan will again take place at Memorial Baptist Church, located at 2435 Eakin Road, Columbus, Ohio.

December is an extremely challenging time for the American Red Cross (ARC). Yet the need during the winter season is constant. The results from last year’s drive were fantastic. The ARC collected 68 pints of blood (25 from first time donors), which benefitted the lives of 198 patients in central Ohio. We hope to exceed that goal this year. Double red cell machines will also be available. However, ARC resources are limited and must be scheduled well in advance so sign up now, do not delay. For your convenience, sign-up online today to reserve your donation appointment.

If you donate on or before October 9, 2010, you may be eligible to donate again at this event (August 14th if you previously gave double red cells). Teens age 16 years of age can also donate, provided they meet certain criteria and have a parent or guardian sign a written consent form. Forms will be available at the event or can be obtained in advance by submitting a request to the email address below.

A raffle for a Columbus Blue Jacket prize package will also be drawn at the end of the event. The winner will receive the following:

  • Two tickets to see a Jackets home game in early 2011 (game TBD)
  • Two pre-game dinner buffets in the Time Warner HD Lounge
  • An autographed hockey stick

This year, tickets can be purchased in advance. Additional prizes donated by local vendors will also be raffled. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets are $5 each or three (3) for $10 and contributions are tax deductible. Ryan Salmons merchandise will also be available for purchase. All proceeds from both the raffle and merchandise sales will benefit the Ryan Salmons Foundation.

To purchase raffle tickets in advance, email RyanSalmonsDayofGiving@yahoo.com for details. You may also email to sign up to donate blood manually, inquire about the event or to obtain a flier of the event to post or forward to others that might be interested. For ARC information about donor eligibility or donor facts, access www.givelife.org.

On behalf of the American Red Cross and the Ryan Salmons Foundation, thank you in advance for your support.