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Patriots ask fans to donate blood

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Patriots ask fans to donate blood at Patriot Place Nov. 9, help patients at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Woman's Hospital

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will host the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital Blood Mobile for a series of public blood drives this fall. The drives will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 15, aboard the Blood Mobile at Patriot Place, directly across from Davio's Steakhouse.

Donors will be able to meet and take photos with special guests, including team mascot Pat Patriot, Patriots cheerleaders and Patriots alumni:

  • Jim Boudreaux: Tackle, '66-'68
  • Jim Bowman: Strong safety, '85-'89
  • Rick Buffington: Assistant coach, '79-'81
  • Vernon Crawford: Linebacker, '97-'99
  • Ed Ellis: Tackle, '97-'99
  • Roland James: Cornerback, '80-'90

In addition, everyone who donates will receive a Patriots gift bag.

The Patriots Charitable Foundation has a long history of advocating for volunteer blood and platelet donation, both at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's and throughout the region, encouraging all eligible fans to consider making a life-saving difference. All blood collected during the drives will directly benefit Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's patients.

The drives will be open to the public. Appointments should be scheduled in advance, however walk in donations are accepted. You can make an appointment by emailing BloodDonor@partners.org with the subject heading "Patriots," the date of the requested drive, and two preferred donation times. In general, to donate blood, donors should be at least 17 years old, 110 pounds or heavier, and in good health.

To learn more about eligibility and the donation process, please call the DFCI/BWH Blood Donor Program at 617-632-3206 or visit www.dana-farber.org/blooddonation.

ABOUT THE DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE/BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL BLOOD MOBILE

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/ Brigham and Women's Hospital Blood Mobile collects blood products throughout the greater Boston area in a safe, professional, and effective manner. All of the blood collected on the Blood Mobile directly benefits patients at both hospitals.

ABOUT THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the nonprofit organization established by the Kraft family in 1994 to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants and the donation of signed memorabilia to charitable causes, and from Patriots players who offer their direct support by appearing at charity functions throughout the year. The Foundation's primary goal is to support programs that aid the youth and families of the New England region by assisting programs that foster cultural diversity, education, family and health. The Foundation has taken special interest in youth programs that encourage education, creativity and development of character. For more information, please visit www.patriots.com/community.