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Patriots ask fans to donate blood at Patriot Place

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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 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6; Saturday, November 9; and Sunday, December 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. 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 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.

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