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The Boilermaker and American Red Cross Hold Commemorative Blood Drive to Mark Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

Apr. 18, 2014

Utica, N.Y. – The Boilermaker road race and the American Red Cross will hold a special blood drive in commemoration of the Boston Marathon Bombings on Friday, April 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel on 200 Genesee Street in Utica, N.Y. As we remember the Boston Marathon Bombings, the Red Cross invites the community to donate blood to help hospital patients in need, as a healing moment and a special way to mark this solemn occasion.

"We depend on generous volunteer blood donors to provide lifesaving blood for those in need—each and every day—not only during times of national disaster. Last April the American Red Cross sent 600 blood products to Boston area hospitals in response to the tragedy," said Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications, American Red Cross Blood Services, Field Marketing. "Having a sufficient blood supply is part of preparedness. It's the blood on the shelves today that help save lives tomorrow."

"Last year's Boston Marathon tragedy had a profound impact on runners throughout the country and in the Central New York running community as well," said President, Boilermaker, Tim Reed. "Being able to commemorate the victims through this blood drive gives us a chance to give of ourselves to help others."

All presenting donors at the blood drive will receive a Boilermaker pint glass and a chance to win one of two free entries to the road race* compliments of the Utica Radisson Hotel- Utica Centre and the Boilermaker. 

An America 4 Boston Prayer Canvas will be displayed at the blood drive. Presenting blood donors and community members are invited to write or paint a message of hope and unity in the colors red, white and blue on the canvas. The canvas will be joined with others from around the country for a traveling exhibit. On April 20, many of the completed canvases (19,000 square feet) will be presented to the City of Boston, live at Fenway Park, with the Boston Red Sox.  For more information on this project, please visit prayercanvasusa.com.

Local blood donors are needed all year round to ensure the blood supply stays strong. Your blood and platelet donations can help save the life of a real person in our community. Blood is an essential component for patient care in area hospitals, and the only source of blood is a healthy, volunteer blood donor. 

How to donate blood

Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in New York State), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNY.