The Miami Dolphins and Florida’s Blood Centers hosted the third annual Touchdown for Life blood drive, one of the biggest donor events in Florida.
“We are grateful to all the Dolphins fans who helped save lives today,” said Adam Grossman, Dolphins Senior Vice President, Public Affairs. “Thanks to their commitment, the Touchdown for Life Blood Drive will remain the single largest one-day blood drive in Florida.”
1,148 registered participants took part in today’s event at Sun Life Stadium.
“Florida’s Blood Centers is grateful for the Miami Dolphins and its fans that rolled up their sleeves and gave the gift of life to the community,” said Mike Pratt, Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO of Florida’s Blood Centers. “1,148 units of blood were collected at the third annual Touchdown for Life blood drive. Because each unit of blood can save up to three lives more than 3,000 patients will benefit from this lifesaving event.”
Donors had the opportunity to meet current players, cheerleaders and alumni, obtain autographs and get a free Touchdown for Life t-shirt. Members of the Dolphins said they received as much from this event as the donors.
“It’s an opportunity to help someone else,” said Nat Moore, Dolphins Vice President/Special Advisor. “Who knows, you might actually help yourself. Because the blood can be stored at some point someone will need your blood type. If you go through life thinking that if I were in need what would I want people to do for me then it’s an easy choice to come out and give.”
The first 1,750 registered participants received a free ticket to the Miami Dolphins-Buffalo Bills game on Sunday, November 20. Donors lined up early in the day to take part in this worthwhile cause.
“I was the first registered person at 7 this morning,” said Dolphins fan Juan Duarte. “I was here last year and the year before. My blood (type) is requested a lot so I can give to everybody.”
Credit Miami Dolphins