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6/11/2018 - World Blood Donor Day to Honor Hoosier Heroes
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INDIANAPOLIS (June 2018) Indiana Blood Center is dedicating World Blood Donor Day to police, fire and first responders who put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities. Blood donations are being requested to help honor the sacrifices of first responders.
In addition, a mobile blood drive on Monument Circle in Indianapolis will be held 11 a.m. 2 p.m. Local public safety officers, Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and Blue will greet blood donors and Papa Johns Pizza will be served.
World Blood Donor Day is held annually on June 14 in countries around the globe to raise awareness of the need for blood donations. This year, Indiana Blood Center will be celebrating on Friday, June 15. In Indiana, the day is being dedicated to local police and fire personnel whove been injured or killed while in the line of duty, including Sergeant Daniel Starnes of Morgan County who was shot five times on June 14, 2001 and later died of his injuries. His wife, Janice Starnes, founded the Indiana Fallen Officer Drive. These blood drives are dedicated to public safety officials whove lost their lives.
Blood donations are a life-saving gift given by volunteer donors, who help all kinds of patients going through planned treatments and unexpected interventions. The need for donations is greatest during the summer when schools are out and people travel, which is why Indiana Blood Center is urging the public to donate blood on June 15 and throughout the next few months.
World Blood Donor Day to include:
-A police escort of blood mobiles
-Blood drives, including a mobile drive on Monument Circle
-Indianapolis Colts support
-World Blood Donor Day proclamation from city officials
-Police and fire personnel from several local departments
-Janice Starnes, Co-President of Indiana Concerns of Police Survivors and founder of Indiana Fallen Officer Police Drive
Friday, June 15
-10 a.m. Motorcycle police escort of bloodmobiles down Meridian Street to Monument Circle with a lap around the Circle
-11 a.m. 2 p.m. A blood drive and day of dedication is held honoring police and fire personnel
Free Papa Johns pizza throughout the afternoon and Fallen Officer Blood Drive t-shirts given to all donors
About Indiana Blood Center
Indiana Blood Center was founded in 1952 and is a not-for-profit community resource organization dedicated to maintaining a stable blood supply for hospitals throughout Indiana. In order to meet patients blood needs, Indiana Blood Center must see 550 donors every day. This goal is met with the annual help of more than 100,000 volunteer donors and through the dedication of more than 350 Indiana Blood Center staff who live out the lifesaving mission of providing blood components to patients in Indiana hospitals. Indiana Blood Center is the largest independent blood provider in Indiana and among the top 20 nationally, performing some 130,000 procedures annually. Visit www.indianablood.org for more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood.
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