INDIANAPOLIS – Appointments still remain open for the 13th annual Bleed Blue Blood Drive and Health Fairat Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Indiana Blood Center officials are urging Hoosiers to sign-up in advance to be one of the 2,700 donors who will give blood during the largest single-day blood drive in Indiana.
To make an appointment, visit www.colts.com/bleedblue. The event runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., though morning appointments are full. Any availability will be in the afternoon. Participants in the blood drive will receive a regulation-sized Colts football featuring Head Coach Chuck Pagano and 15% off at the Colts Pro Shop in Lucas Oil Stadium!
In addition to the blood drive, visitors may participate in a free health fair, open to the public, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with more than 40 vendors offering free services and screenings. Colts Alumni Players Tarik Glenn and Marlin Jackson will sign autographs from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Colts Cheerleaders and team mascot Blue will also make special appearances throughout the day. Bleed Blue Blood Drive and Health Fair guests will have access to the field and the opportunity to participate in free fitness classes offered by the Y of Greater Indianapolis. Half-priced concessions for food and beverages will also allow families to enjoy snacks during the event. For more information about these activities and more, visit www.colts.com/bleedblue.
Supported by ADVANTAGE Health Solutions and WTHR Channel 13, the annual event is held during the holiday season as a way to raise awareness of the continued daily need for blood components, especially during a time when Hoosiers are busy with holiday festivities.
About Indiana Blood Center
Indiana Blood Center was founded in 1952 and is a non-profit community service organization meeting patient's blood needs at over 60 hospitals across Indiana, by seeing 620 volunteer blood donors each day. The goal is met with the help of the nearly 2,000 organizations who host blood drives in 80 of Indiana's 92 counties and through the dedication of 450 Indiana Blood Center staff who live the daily mission of delivering a constant, stable supply of blood components to patients in Indiana hospitals. Indiana Blood Center is the largest independent blood center in Indiana and among the top 20 nationally, distributing more than 180,000 blood components each year.