Hockey players are known for involuntarily spilling some blood on the ice from time to time, but on Feb. 8, the San Jose Sharks came out to support their fans giving up some blood for a worthy cause.
The Sharks Foundation and Stanford Blood Center teamed up to save lives by hosting a Blood Drive from 8 AM to 2 PM on the main concourse at HP Pavilion at San Jose. Sharks fans who donated blood were treated to a private viewing of the team’s morning skate and even got to meet some of the players.
Captain Patrick Marleau
, Steve Bernier, Matt Carle, Jonathan Cheechoo, Christian Ehrhoff, Marcel Goc, Milan Michalek, Torrey Mitchell
, Douglas Murray
, Joe Pavelski
, Marc-Edouard Vlasic
and Sharks Radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky all made appearances. Each signed autographs and took pictures with appreciative fans before, during and after blood donations.
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and VIDEO from the event.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and donation rates typically drop off after the holiday season. Right now blood types O, A and AB- are in special need but all donations are appreciated. The blood that was donated at HP Pavilion will be used at facilities throughout Santa Clara County and each donation has the potential to save multiple lives.
To give blood you must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and have eaten prior to donating. From start to finish, giving blood consists of four easy steps: registration, brief medical history, actual donation, rest and refreshments; the entire process last about one hour.
STANFORD BLOOD CENTER
Stanford Medical School Blood Center was created within the Department of Pathology at Stanford University’s School of Medicine in 1978. The Blood Center was created to meet the increasingly large and complex transfusion needs of Stanford Hospital and Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, and to perform research and teaching.
In addition, the Blood Center now serves Palo Alto Medical Foundation Clinic, El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, Palo Alto V.A. Hospital, Livermore V.A. Hospital and three free-standing, local surgery centers. In order to meet the needs of the community, more than 40,000 whole blood donations are need annually.
For Sharks fans wishing to get involved please visit http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu. to schedule an appointment.
BLOOD DONATION FACTS
- More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada
- One pint of blood can save up to three lives
- Plasma, which is 90 percent water, makes up 55 percent of blood volume
- Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets
- Many patients with severe sickle cell disease receive blood transfusions every month
- Thirteen tests (11 for infectious diseases) are performed on each unit of donated blood
- Blood makes up about 7 percent of your body's weight