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Vitalant needs 600 donors for Saving Arizona blood drive on July 7

Vitalant needs 600 donors for Saving Arizona blood drive on July 7

Vitalant needs 600 donors for Saving Arizona blood drive on July 7

PHOENIX — Be a hero by donating blood at the Saving Arizona Blood Drive hosted by Vitalant on July 7 in Tempe.

The nonprofit organization that serves as the blood provider for all Maricopa County hospitals will hold a drive from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, located at 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.

Vitalant says his goal is to get at least 600 donors for the blood drive, hoping to “declare independence from the blood shortage,” since the week of July 4 has the lowest amount of donations of any week in the summer.

Type O blood is the most sought after, as O negative blood can be given to any patient, while O positive blood can be substituted with any other positive blood type, which represents more than 80% of the population. .

The donation helps patients like Kevin, 17, a senior at Mesa Eastmark High School. Doctors discovered that Kevin played six football games at Eastmark with acute lymphoblastic leukemia after he was diagnosed at the end of the season. His battle against cancer has had the help of 15 blood donors.

Donors will leave the blood drive with some thank you gifts for their efforts, including a Team Vitalant donor t-shirt, a voucher for a free Kids Combo at Raising Cane’s (two chicken tenders, crinkle-cut fries, and a drink), as well as entry to a drawing for a 2024 Volkswagen Jetta S.

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