by Sam Clanton
BRANSON, Mo. – Cox Medical Center Branson hosts a “Racin’ to Save Lives” blood drive Friday from noon to 6 p.m.
Media Relations Specialist Mindy Honey says Racin’ to Save Lives is a friendly competition between CoxHealth and Mercy. Over the course of several months, each hospital system is hosting multiple blood drives at various locations to see which one can bring in the most donors.
She says the real winners, however, are the patients who benefit from the blood donations.
The blood drive takes place in the Tree Rooms at Cox Medical Center Branson. All participants will receive a free gift from CoxHealth.
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks donors provide all of the blood for patients at 39 area hospitals, including Cox Branson. Every seven minutes on average, a transfusion takes place and it takes approximately 230 donations each day to meet the area’s blood needs.
To be eligible to give blood, donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and present a valid photo ID.
Anyone planning to give is encouraged to eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to the blood drive.
For more information about the blood drive, please visit www.cbco.org or call 800-280-5337.