Tucson, Arizona — The Tucson Roadrunners and KGUN 9 have teamed with Vitalant and the Tucson Convention Center to host a Community Blood Drive on Thursday, July 8 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Blood donors of all types are urgently needed due to a critical blood shortage in Arizona and nationwide. The Independence holiday timeframe is the lowest week of the summer for donations. Blood drive cancellations forced by COVID-19 challenges continue to affect donation rates, as most blood drive groups still have large virtual workforces.
Fans are encouraged to register for the Blood Drive by CLICKING HERE. In addition, the Arizona Coyotes will be hosting a Community Blood Drive on Thursday, July 8 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Gila River Arena in Glendale as well.
The Roadrunners are expressing their gratitude to everyone who donates by providing one of the following while supplies last.
- Roadrunners Hat
- Roadrunners Mug
- Souvenir Puck
- Game Ticket for 21-22 Season
Where To Park: Parking Lot A Garage, 260 S. Church Ave., between Congress and Cushing.
Where To Enter: Meeting Room doors, pass the Ticket Office and turn left. (Roadrunners Season Ticket Member Entrance)
Blood donations are down while the need has rebounded
With communities re-opening from the pandemic, travel resuming and patients seeking previously postponed medical care, Vitalant has less than a needed four-day supply of most blood types to meet patient needs at a moment’s notice. Type O blood is below a two-day supply. Type O is what’s often used in trauma situations, especially type O negative, because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type in an emergency room setting.
About the Roadrunners
Entering their sixth season owned and operated by the Arizona Coyotes as their AHL affiliate, the Roadrunners have welcomed over 500,000 fans to cheer them on at Tucson Convention Center since 2016. As proud members of the Southern Arizona community, the Roadrunners and Roadrunners Give Back, a branch of the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, take pride in supporting all community organizations with donations, volunteerism and public appearances by: Executives, Coaches, Players and the team’s Mascot Dusty. On the ice, the Roadrunners have secured Pacific Division Championships in two of their first four seasons. 38 players since 2016 have dressed in games for both the Roadrunners and Coyotes.
Vitalant (“Vye-TAL-ent”) is the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit blood services provider exclusively focused on providing lifesaving blood and comprehensive transfusion medicine services for about 900 hospitals and their patients across the U.S. Every day, Vitalant needs to collect about 5,300 blood, platelet and plasma donations to help save lives. For more information and to schedule a donation appointment, visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.