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31 Mar

Save Lives and Grant Wishes for Children through Blood Centers of the Pacific and Make‐A‐Wish® Greater Bay Area

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CONTACT:
Blood Centers of the Pacific
Kent Corley
415.471.4061
Email: kcorley@bloodcenters.org

Make‐A‐Wish® Greater Bay Area

Jennifer Wilson
415.321.7388
Email: JWilson@SFwish.org

Media Release
For Immediate Release
March 30, 2017

San Francisco, CA – Throughout April, blood donors can save the lives of patients in need by giving blood with Blood Centers of the Pacific, while also helping Make‐A‐Wish Greater Bay Area grant life‐changing wishes for children diagnosed with life‐threatening medical conditions.

Every time a donor gives blood, they receive points for prizes like T‐shirts, movie passes, and gift cards through the Blood Centers of the Pacific online Hero Rewards Program. April blood donors can gift their points to Make‐A‐Wish Greater Bay Area, which will mean more opportunities to grant wishes for local children.

“Blood Centers of the Pacific and Make‐A‐Wish Greater Bay Area help children with life‐threatening medical conditions,” said Nicole Anderson, Regional Director for Blood Centers of the Pacific. “Many children that have received a wish from Make‐A‐Wish have also received blood transfusions during their treatment. Similar to blood transfusions, wishes granted by Make‐A‐Wish Greater Bay Area provide children with hope, strength and joy.”
“Giving blood has always been the right thing to do, and now it’s even better, especially for children suffering from life‐threatening conditions who can look forward to experiencing their one true wish with renewed strength,” said Make‐A‐Wish Greater Bay Area Marketing Director, Jen Wilson.

To schedule a life‐saving blood donation, please visit bloodcenters.org or call (888)393‐GIVE. To gift Hero Rewards points to Make‐A‐Wish, please visit bloodheroes.com.

About Make‐A‐Wish® Greater Bay Area:
Make‐A‐Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life‐threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In 2017 Make‐A‐Wish Greater Bay Area celebrates 33 years fulfilling magical wishes. During its first year of operation, in 1984, the chapter granted 27 wishes. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area grants over 375 wishes per year and has granted over 7,900 wishes to date. The chapter covers 17 Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Solano and Sonoma. The goal of Make‐A‐Wish is to grant a wish to every eligible child in its territory. Anyone can suggest a child for a wish. For more information or to refer a child for a wish, please call 415/982‐9474 or visit www.SF.Wish.org

About Blood Centers of the Pacific:
Blood Centers of the Pacific is a nonprofit, community‐based organization that provides blood components to hospitals, physicians and patients throughout Northern California. Blood Centers of the Pacific also houses the Blood Systems Research Institute which conducts medical research to improve blood safety and patient care. Blood Centers of the Pacific helps 50,000 patients every year with blood donated by community volunteers.

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